5 birdies in a row… Kim Sung-hyun leaps 70 steps

South Korea’s Sung Hyun Kim fired a blistering second day at the 3M Open ($7.8 million purse) on the U.S. Professional Golf (PGA) Tour.

The South Korean carded seven birdies and no bogeys for a 7-under 64 in the second round of the tournament at the par-71 TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota, U.S., on Sept. 29 (ET). Six players did not finish the second round due to inclement weather.

Sung Hyun Kim, who was even par in the first round, moved up 70 spots to tie for 13th place at 7-under 135. He is eight shots behind leader Lee Hodges (15-under-par 127).

Kim, who joined the PGA Tour last year from the Confederation Tour, is looking for his first top-10 finish of the year. Kim has moved up to No. 74 in the FedExCup standings, indicating he could make the playoffs. Only the top 70 players qualify for the playoffs.

After starting on the 10th hole, Kim reeled off five straight birdies on Nos. 11-15, including a birdie on the 18th (par-5) to cut his deficit to six strokes at the halfway point. In the second half, he birdied the third (par-4) and finished the round without a bogey.

Sung-hyun Kim excelled in his short game in round two, ranking first in putting gains (4.93) and scrambling (100% – 6).

Lim, on the other hand, traded five birdies for five bogeys to finish at even par, dropping him to a tie for 102nd place (1-under 141) and missing the cut. As the fourth-highest ranked player in the field and a runner-up at last year’s event, Lim had high hopes, but he failed to make the cut (4-under par). Lee Kyung-hoon also missed the cut at 1-under 141. He needed to perform at the Wyndham Championship, the final event of the regular season, to qualify for the playoffs. 토토사이트

After less than two rounds, Noh was 2-under through the 17th hole. His 4-under total was just enough to miss the cut.

Hodges carded seven birdies on the day to lead the field for the second straight day. Tyler Duncan (USA) is four shots back at 11-under 131. Kevin Streelman, JT Poston, Tony Finau and Brent Snedeker (USA) are tied for third at 10-under 132. Compatriot Justin Seo (USA) faltered at 1-over par and dropped to a tie for 33rd (5-under par 137).

Former World No. 1 Justin Thomas (USA) missed the cut at 2-under 140 and will miss the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season. Thomas, who has missed the cut five times in his last seven events, dropped to 79th in the FedExCup standings.

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