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Disheartening Update Threatens to Derail PGA Tour Pro’s Plans as He Makes His Debut at $20,000,000 Event

Published 06/01/2023, 11:59 AM EDT

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The 2023 edition of the Memorial Tournament is currently underway at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. The four-day event boasts a 120-player field and is being headlined by the likes of Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, and Rory McIlroy.

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Even without its current designated status, the Memorial Tournament is one of the most prestigious events on the PGA Tour. No wonder it attracts so many of the biggest golfing stars every year! However, as a 20-year-old pro makes his first-ever appearance at Muirfield, a disappointing update about the golfer has now come to the surface.

Disheartening update about young PGA Tour pro comes to light


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The field at the Memorial Tournament this year is a highly competitive one. In fact, seven of the top ten golfers in the world will be vying for a share of the $20,000,000 prize this year. Among these big names is 20-year-old Tom Kim from South Korea, who is making his debut appearance at the coveted tournament.

The youngster has been playing the sport professionally since the age of 15 and attained full-time status on the PGA Tour with two season-ending victories in 2022. However, as the World No. 21 sets his eyes on a 3rd win, possible injuries threaten to derail his hopes.


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In a photo shared by @golfinjuryreport, Kim’s wrist appears taped up, signalling a plausible injury. To add to fans’ worries, the tape was also wrapped around his thumb. The 2022 Wyndham Championship winner had last appeared at Oak Hill, where he failed to make the cut. In fact, out of his last 5 PGA starts, his best finish was at the Zurich Classic, where he, along with fellow South Korean Si Woo Kim, finished at T7.

As for Kim’s off-the-greens activities, he recently appeared at LPGA legend Michelle Wie West’s podcast, Golf, Mostly. As the two golfing stars expounded upon superstitions, one of West’s habits left Kim feeling absolutely dumbfounded.

LPGA legend Michelle Wie West’s revelation shocks Tom Kim


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LPGA’s Michelle Wie West became a well-renowned name in the golf community at a very young age. After all, she had qualified for a USGA amateur championship when she was just ten years old! Jaw-dropping revelations were bound to come to the surface when she met fellow young prodigy Tom Kim. Just days ago, the 20-year-old Kim appeared in West’s podcast in an episode titled “It’s Nike Night, with Tom Kim!” wherein they both exchanged many fun tidbits.

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At one point, West shared some of her biggest golfing superstitions, out of which one drew a hilarious reaction from the PGA Tour pro.  “I don’t use a scissor or cut anything before the cut,”  the LPGA star said while shedding light on her “weirdest” habit. “Oh God!” came Kim’s shocked reaction to the reveal


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Do you think Kim’s possible wrist injury will play spoilsport during the Memorial Tournament? Which golfer do you think will emerge winner this year? Tell us in the comments!

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Abantika Ghosh


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Abantika is a fresh writer at EssentiallySports who was chosen in the recent round of ‘ES Draft’ for her strong passion for golf writing. Even in her early days, Abantika has displayed an impressive ability to cover golf with gripping and insightful stories backed by thorough research. Her inspiration comes from the words of the legendary golfer and flag-bearer of the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy: "As long as I keep enjoying my golf, then hopefully I'll be able to play well," which motivates her to continue writing engaging pieces.
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