NORMAN, Okla. Former University of Oklahoma standout and three-time All-American Anthony Kim finished the final PGA qualifying tournament tied for 13th Monday at the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. Playing in his home town, the 21-year-old overcame the pressure of playing six rounds in six consecutive days to earn a tour exemption on his first attempt.
“It was a little tougher than I thought it would be,” Kim told The Desert Sun. “You hear about all the horror stories, but you never want to believe them. Because if you have that mindset, you’re done before you ever tee it up.”
The former Sooner earned one of 40 spots up for grabs at the final round of Q-School out of a field of 163. George McNeill of Ft. Myers, Fla., won the event with a 23-under total, five shots ahead of his closest competitor. Like Kim, McNeill will be making his first appearance on the PGA Tour in 2007 as a card holder.
“As successful as Anthony was at the collegiate level it comes as no surprise to me that his success is carrying over to the next level,” said OU men’s golf head coach Jim Ragan. “He certainly has the talent to compete with anyone and we wish him the best.”
Playing on two sponsors exemptions this past summer, Kim tied for second at the Valero Texas Open and 16th in the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, earning $338,066 in the two events.
Kim will hold the distinction of being the youngest player on the PGA Tour in 2007.
Two-time All-American Glen Day also earned his card back, finishing one stroke back of Kim at 11-under.