How did Sihwan Kim finish dead-last?
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
A lot of attention was directed to this past weekend's ASU Thunderbird Invitational - for good reason. The 18-team field featured all 10 Pac-10 schools getting a preview of the Karsten Course - site of the Pac-10 Championship to be played later this month.
Washington rallied on the final day to win the team title, and San Diego State's J.J. Spaun took medalist honors. However, as play wrapped up, there were a lot of eyes shifting to the bottom of the individual leaderboard rather than the top.
Stanford's Sihwan Kim entered the event as the No. 3-ranked player in the country and the top player in the field. But, Kim did not challenge for the title. Instead, the junior and former U.S. Junior champion failed to break 80 and placed 89th in the 89-player field, seven shots back of 88th place.
"Sihwan got off track with some swing changes that led to some very errant shots at ASU and high scores," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "He has had a chance to revisit his instructor over the last few days and he is feeling good about the week ahead. "
Kim posted rounds of 82-82-81, making just five birdies to go with four triple bogeys.
Stanford will next play in the U.S. Intercollegiate at the Stanford Golf Course, and we might just see Kim in the Cardinal lineup.
"I would be surprised if he isn't in the lineup this weekend at Stanford," Ray said.
Kim dropped from contending for Player of the Year honors to No. 76 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.