American Anthony Kim became the youngest winner on the US PGA Tour in more than six years, capturing the Wachovia Championship in a rout on Sunday for his first PGA triumph.
The 22-year-old won with a final-round three-under par 69 to finish on 16-under 272, breaking the tournament record of 13-under set last year by Tiger Woods.
“This is what I’ve been dreaming about my whole life, and fulfilling this dream is awesome,” Kim said.
“It has been a long ride, but it sure is worth it. I’m a little numb right now, but that walk up 18 was the best feeling of my entire life,” he said.
Kim began the round with a four-stroke lead, stretched the margin to six strokes as he began the back side thanks to four birdies on the outward nine and cruised to the clubhouse without a serious challenge at Quail Hollow.
Kim’s margin of victory was the largest in the event’s brief six-year history.
■CREAMER TAKES TITLE
AFP, TULSA, Oklahoma
Paula Creamer sank a tension-packed birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat veteran Juli Inkster on Sunday to win the LPGA SemGroup Championship.
Battling an LPGA Hall of Fame legend into extra holes for the second week in a row, Creamer twice missed title-winning putts at the 18th hole before finding the bottom of the cup at the par-4 10th to capture her sixth LPGA crown.