Joohyung Kim runs away with Wyndham Championship, earns spot in FedExCup Playoffs

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Joohyung Kim completely ran away with the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, and it earned him a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs.

Kim, after firing an incredible 27 on his front nine, posted a 9-under 61 to take the five-shot win in the season-finale event at Sedgefield Country Club. The victory not only marked the first for the 20-year-old on the PGA Tour, but it gives him an instant Tour membership and secures his spot in the postseason.

Kim is now the first player born in the 2000s to win on Tour, and the second-youngest winner since World War II. He will enter the FedExCup standings at No. 34, which will bump Matt Wallace just outside the cutoff to play in next week's FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

"It was a hard day," Kim said on CBS. "I didn't know golf was this stressful before."

Kim, who opened the week with a quadruple bogey on No. 1 on Thursday, entered Sunday two shots back of Sungjae Im after his third-round 68. After opening the final round with a par, Kim took off.

Kim rattled off four birdies and an eagle in five straight holes, and then pushed to 8-under with a pair of birdies to close out the front nine. That gave him a 27 through nine holes, which matches the second-lowest Tour round ever scored on nine holes.

Though Kim bogeyed the 10th, it didn’t matter much. He made four straight pars before tapping in a birdie on the par-5 15th and then making another at the 16th — which pushed his lead back to four strokes. From there, Kim rode in a pair of pars to take the win in North Carolina.

Sungjae Im and John Huh finished in a tie for second at 15-under on the week, and Ben Griffin finished alone in fourth at 14-under par.

Kim has made just nine appearances on Tour so far this season, though the South Korean has six international wins to his name — including at The Singapore International earlier this year. Kim finished in seventh at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last month, and took home a career-best third-place finish at the Genesis Scottish Open.

"I felt like after that quad, once I started to laugh it off, I could feel like, you know what, I'm in a better mental state," Kim said on CBS. "Instead of getting angry and depressed, I stayed in the moment. I can't believe I won with a quadruple bogey on the first hole. Hopefully that doesn't happen again. It's definitely a week I will remember forever."

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Joohyung Kim picked up his first career PGA Tour win on Sunday at the Wyndham Championship. (Eakin Howard/Getty Images)