Update: 5:50 p.m. Kim pulled a makeable putt on 18, and was clearly frustrated with the miss. He still made par on the difficult last, and did manage to par out after breaking his club. It ended up not hurting him as he’s at -4 heading into Saturday, but between the two putts he had with a 3-wood, it’s possible he left a stroke on the course because of it.
Update 5:22 p.m. Kim missed a semi-makeable putt at the Par 3 16th, but otherwise the lack of a flat stick doesn’t seem to have hindered him so far. He’s in the fairway at No. 18 as we type this, and that’s one of the trickiest greens on the course. We’ll see if he can knock one down here.
Hello to Si Woo Kim, the South Korean golfer that’s currently playing the back nine at Augusta National while in contention to win the green jacket... without a putter.
A three-putt at the 14th hole had him break his putter in frustration, and so now he’s using a 3-wood instead.
Following a three-putt on No. 14, Si Woo Kim breaks his putter.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 9, 2021
He's currently tied for fifth at -4. pic.twitter.com/2mp9K0CXgZ
And here’s Kim breaking the Texas wedge. Seems like a less-than-ideal time to do this, but we’ve all been there.
Si Woo Smash™️pic.twitter.com/l9478OYjnw— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) April 9, 2021
If you need video of the three-putt, which technically wasn’t a three-putt as he was just off the green for the first one, here it is.
Kim is currently playing the 16th hole, and we’ll see if it affects any shots coming home. But to break a club while in contention at a major is just crazy. It’s one thing to do it if you’re about to miss the cut or putting up repeated snowmen on holes, but Kim is at -4, and just three shots back of leader Justin Rose who is in the clubhouse at -7!
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