Former OU golf standout Anthony Kim fired a final-round 7-under-par 64 Sunday on his way to a ninth place finish at the Nissan Open, earning $135,200 in his first top-10 finish of the season.
Starting the day in a tie for 46th, the PGA rookie got out to a fast start with birdies at 10 and 11, his first two holes of the morning. After stringing together three straight pars, the La Quinta, Calif., native bogeyed the par-4 15th, one of only two on his card for the day. After a par at No. 16, Kim rebounded with a birdie at the par-5 17th, a hole he birdied three out of the four rounds. A par at 18 sent the 21-year-old to the front nine at 2-under par for the day.
Displaying the brilliance he showed in capturing All-America honors in all three seasons as a Sooner, Kim carded a final-nine 5-under-par 30 that included four birdies, an eagle and a lone bogey. Kim eagled the par-5 first hole but quickly gave a stroke back with a bogey at the second. A birdie at the par-4 third hole was followed by back-to-back pars at four and five. Coasting home with birdies at the sixth, seventh and eighth, Kim closed with a par at the par-71 Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Prior to today's ninth place finish, Kim, the youngest rookie on tour, had made the cut only once in four events in 2007. He jumped from 161st to 68th on the PGA Tour money list after the strong finish, earning $150,700 in five starts.
The Dallas, Texas, resident burst onto the PGA scene last summer, earning $338,067 in two starts, including a second place finish at the Valero Texas Open in his first event after tourning pro.