💰❌ He was unable to claim the £20k prize money 😳 PGA Tour teenager forced to give up £20k prize despite starring on debut

💰❌ He was unable to claim the £20k prize money 😳
PGA Tour teenager forced to give up £20k prize despite starring on debut

Teenage golf star Kris Kim was unable to take home around £20,000 in prize money after finishing 65th in last week’s CJ Cup Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour.

The Junior Ryder Cup star, 16, became the youngest European player to ever make the cut on the PGA Tour at the event in Texas. The Surrey-based schoolboy, who attends Epsom College, shot rounds of 68, 67, 70 and 73 to finish 65th on his Tour debut.

His amateur status meant the Boys Amateur Champion could not accept any money and he will now have to decide whether to go to college or turn pro. He does however have more pressing matters to attend to first, as he returns back to the UK to sit his GCSE exams and driving test.

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Kim said: I’ve actually got to like exams to pass English high school three days after I get back. I didn’t realise, but I’ve got my driving license this year, so I think that’s going to be pretty cool.” Kim has been coached since he was five by his South Korean mother and former LPGA Tour player Ji-Hyun Suh while his father Kim Ki-yong played on the Fiji Tour

After taking an invite from the South Korean sponsors, Kim is the fifth-youngest player in PGA Tour history to make a tournament cut, and the youngest since 16-year-old Kyle Suppa made the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2015. “I am happy with how I played and feel like there is definitely some stuff I can improve on,” he said.

“Definitely got to work on my stamina. Feel like I’ve got to watch what I eat as well and kind of train better. I think definitely eat more on the course fruit-wise and everything like that.” The teenager looked more than at home in his opening round on Thursday, which he ended with a superb eagle-three at the par-five ninth.

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