Kim Holds Lead After Day One In Vegas

Whee Kim posted a bogey-free 6-under 65 at TPC Summerlin and holds the clubhouse lead at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open following a daylight-shortened day one.

The 25-year old South Korean, coming off a career best solo-fourth at the CJ Cup, signed for a card with six birdies, including two over his final three holes.

“I had a really good putting all day,” Kim said. “Didn’t miss any putts. I think I didn’t do any stupid mistakes all day. I think that was key. The greens were a little slower than what I expected like the last two years. But it was still fast and firm.”

A group of five players are deadlocked at 5-under 66, headlined by 22-year-old sponsor invite Jimmy Stanger.

Before play was suspended, the former Virginia star had completed 15 bogey-free holes, highlighted by a hole-out eagle on the par-4 15th.

Another nine players are at 4-under 67, T7, including several of the biggest names in Vegas such as Bryson DeChambeau, Kevin Chappell, Patrick Cantlay, and a rested and ready Billy Horschel.

“I’ve worked really hard on my game,” said Horschel, who took seven weeks off following a 62nd finish at the BMW Championship. “Todd Anderson and I have done some really good work. You’re always a little apprehensive coming out to your first event, and also on top of the work, seeing how is it going to translate over from practicing. It’s been really nice all week. Is it exactly where I want? No. But it’s a lot better than it’s been for the last year and a half.”

A logjam of 13 players are tied for 16th, at 3-under 68, led by last week’s Sanderson Farms winner, Ryan Armour, and the field’s top-ranked player, Charley Hoffman (No. 24).

En route to his 68, the UNLV grad made three birdies, one bogey, and an eagle on the par-4 15th after driving to 6 feet.

“I was able to make the putt. That was nice to get the round going,” said Hoffman said.

Play was suspended due to darkness at 5:52 p.m. (PT) with 30 players left on the course. Play will resume Friday at 7:30 a.m. to complete round one.


TOP 10: ROUND ONE

1 Whee Kim -6
2 J.J. Spaun -5
2 Ryan Blaum -5
2 John Huh -5
2 Alex Cejka -5
2 Jimmy Stanger -5
7 Daniel Summerhays -4
7 Peter Malnati -4
7 Billy Horschel -4
7 Bryson DeChambeau -4
7 Kevin Chappell -4
7 Jason Kokrak -4
7 Kelly Kraft -4
7 Brett Stegmaier -4
7 Patrick Cantlay -4


SHRINER’S OPEN HIGHLIGHTS


QUOTABLE: ROUND ONE

“It’s a nice start. I feel more comfortable. I played really good and my fans were really happy. I think I’m in a really good position on Thursday right here in Las Vegas. I feel really comfortable. Just happy.”
Whee Kim, First Round Leader, Shriners Open


LEADERBOARD: ROUND ONE

PPLAYER  
1Whee Kim-665
T2J.J. Spaun-566
T2Ryan Blaum-566
T2John Huh-566
T2Alex Cejka-566
T6Jimmy Stanger-467
T6Daniel Summerhays-467
T6Peter Malnati-467
T6Billy Horschel-467
T6Bryson DeChambeau-467
T6Kevin Chappell-467
T6Jason Kokrak-467
T6Kelly Kraft-467
T6Brett Stegmaier-467
T6Patrick Cantlay-467
T16Derek Fathauer-368
T16Ryan Armour-368
T16Chris Kirk-368
T16Charley Hoffman-368
T16William McGirt-368
T16Kevin Tway-368
T16Brandon Harkins-368
T16Tom Hoge-368
T16Sam Saunders-368
T16Ryan Hogue-368
T16Adam Schenk-368
T16Sam Burns-368
T28Seamus Power-369
T28Brandon Hagy-269
T28Russell Knox-269
T28Ryan Moore-269
T28Tony Finau-269
T28Ernie Els-269
T28Roberto Diaz-269
T28Beau Hossler-269
T28Benjamin Silverman-269
T28JT Poston-269
T28Joel Dahmen-269
T28Michael Thompson-269
T28Anirban Lahiri-269
T28Scott Piercy-269
T28Shawn Stefani-269
T28Nick Taylor-269
T28Stephan Jaeger-269
T45Harold Varner, III-170
T45Rory Sabbatini-170
T45Brian Gay-170
T45J.B. Holmes-170
T45Patton Kizzire-170
T45Jesse Mueller-170
T45Tom Lovelady-170
T45Robert Garrigus-170
T45Troy Merritt-170
T45Jonathan Byrd-170
T45Rod Pampling-170
T45Webb Simpson-170
T45Graeme McDowell-170
T45Brian Stuard-170
T45Aaron Baddeley-170
T45Brian Davis-170
T45Corey Conners-170
T45Alex Kang-170
T63Talor GoochE71
T63Jim KnousE71
T63Ethan TracyE71
T63Hunter MahanE71
T63Retief GoosenE71
T63Vijay SinghE71
T63Geoff OgilvyE71
T63David HearnE71
T63A.J. McInerneyE71
T63Ben MartinE71
T63Sang-Moon BaeE71
T63Martin FloresE71
T63Luke ListE71
T63Morgan HoffmannE71
T63David LingmerthE71
T63Tom WhitneyE71
T63Rob OppenheimE71
T63Andrew PutnamE71
T81Abraham Ancer172
T81Xin-jun Zhang172
T81James Hahn172
T81Kyle Thompson172
T81Denny McCarthy172
T81Martin Laird172
T81Kevin Streelman172
T81Robert Streb172
T81Luke Donald172
T81Bubba Watson172
T81Byeong Hun An172
T81Camilo Villegas172
T81Andrew Landry172
T81Tyler Duncan172
T95Taylor Moore273
T95Scott Brown273
T95Ben Crane273
T95Andres Gonzales273
T95Nick Watney273
T95Gary Woodland273
T95Steve Wheatcroft273
T95Jamie Lovemark273
T95Aaron Wise273
T95Martin Piller273
T95Nicholas Lindheim273
T95Scott Stallings273
T95Fabian Gomez273
T95Jimmy Walker273
T95Billy Hurley III273
T95Zac Blair273
T95Austin Cook273
T95Trey Mullinax273
T113Sam Ryder374
T113Andrew Yun374
T113Jon Curran374
T113Jonathan Randolph374
T113Scott Strohmeyer374
T113Ze-cheng Dou374
T113Keith Mitchell374
T113Matt Atkins374
T113Richy Werenski374
T113Greg Chalmers374
T113Chesson Hadley374
T113Nate Lashley374
T113Brice Garnett374
T113Maverick McNealy374
T127Matt Jones475
T127Harris English475
T127Cameron Tringale475
T127Lanto Griffin475
T127Ted Potter Jr.475
T127Tyrone van Aswegen475
T127Ricky Barnes475
T127Chad Campbell475
T127Smylie Kaufman475
T127C.T. Pan475
T137Michael Kim576
T137Patrick Rodgers576
T137Matt Every576
T137Jonas Blixt576
141D.A. Points677
T142Rick Lamb778
T142Vaughn Taylor778
T142Colt Knost778

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Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.



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