Si Woo Kim took hold of the Wyndham Championship with a tournament-record 60 on Friday and never let go. Kim finished at –21 (68-60-64-67=259) to hoist the Sam Snead Cup at the 2016 Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. He won by five strokes over Luke Donald.
Kim claimed his first PGA TOUR win, along with the first place check of $1,008,000. The Wyndham Championship victor has also been a PGA TOUR first-time winner in six of the last ten years. He finished 2nd at the Barbasol Championship earlier this year. As an amateur, he won the Korean Junior Championship four years in a row. He is mentored by K.J. Choi, who was the 2005 Wyndham Championship winner.
Kim, who started the day with a four-stroke lead, fired a final round 67, with six birdies and three bogeys. Prior to making the turn at -22, Kim had one bogey in his last 53 holes. He then bogeyed #10, #13, and #14 before a birdie on #15 moved him back to -20. After a weather delay on #17 tee, he birdied #18 to tie the tournament record for lowest overall score of 259 was set by Carl Petterssen in 2008.
Kim led the field in birdies, carding 26 birdies, along with an eagle and seven bogeys. The tournament record is 28 birdies, set by Jeff Maggert in 2007.
The last three players to win by five or more strokes at Sedgefield C.C. were Sam Snead by five strokes over Jack McGowan in 1965, Mike Souchak by seven strokes over Snead in 1961 and Snead by ten strokes over Jimmy Demaret in 1950.
Luke Donald, -16 (264), finished alone in second with five birdies and two bogeys to shoot a final-round 67.
Hideki Matsuyma and 2007 Champion Brandt Snedeker finished tied in third place at -15 (265)
Brett Stegmaier (who shot a final round 64), Johnson Wagner, Billy Horschel, Graeme McDowell and Rafa Cabrera Bello finished tied for fifth place at -14 (266)
Kevin Kisner, -13 (267), had the low round of the day, shooting 63. The Aiken, South Carolina native posted an eagle and six birdies before a lone bogey on #18, which stopped him from tying the tournament record for low final round at 62.
Scott Brown, who attended the University of South Carolina-Aiken, recorded a hole-in-one on Hole #3 in the championship round for the second straight year. He aced the 163-yard #3 using a 7-iron. Last year he holed it from 162 yards with an 8-iron.
It was the fourth hole-in-one of the tournament this year. Luke Donald notched a hole-in-one on #16 in the first round and Shawn Stefani and Peter Malnati both aced #16 on Saturday.
The hole-in-one was the 25th in Wyndham Championship history, and the seventh in the last three years. This is the first time in Wyndham history (since aces were recorded by the PGA TOUR in 1983) that more than two holes-in-one have taken place in the same tournament.
Hole #18 was the hardest hole for the tournament. The par-4 gave up a scoring average of 4.301, with only 39 birdies. Hole #5 was the easiest hole for the tournament. The par-5 gave up a scoring average of 4.340, with 36 eagles and 261 birdies.
The final round was delayed approximately one hour, twenty-one minutes due to lightning in the area. Play stopped at 5:32 p.m. and resumed at 6:53 p.m.