Si Woo Kim, the 17-year-old who graduated Q-School, is guaranteed at least one PGA Tour start before his 18th birthday. The Puerto Rico Open announced Tuesday that Kim has accepted a sponsor exemption to next year’s event. It is the first tournament to announce Kim will be a part of its field.
Kim finished 20th at the recent PGA Tour Q-School at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. He is believed to be the youngest player ever to earn his PGA Tour card at Q-School, beating Ty Tryon’s previous record. PGA Tour regulations do not allow Kim to play as a member until his 18th birthday on June 28, 2013. Kim will be limited to seven sponsor exemptions before his birthday.
Kim’s 18th birthday comes just seven weeks before the PGA Tour’s regular season ends. Prior to his 18th birthday, Kim’s FedExCup points earned will be shown on the non-member FeExCup points list. Points earned as a non-member (excluding points earned as a non-member at World Golf Championships), along with FedExCup points earned once the player becomes a member, will count on the 2013 points list.
The Puerto Rico Open is scheduled for March 4-10, 2013, at Trump International Puerto Rico in Rio Grande. The event is held the same week as the WGC-Cadillac Championship. This year’s Puerto Rico Open winner will receive 300 FedEx Cup points, a 20 percent increase from last year.