Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Birthday: June 19, 1985
Year turned pro: 2006
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Born in Los Angeles, California Korean American Kim first met his caddie Brodie Flanders, while studying at the University of Oklahoma. Having turned professional in 2006, he made his PGA Tour debut the same year, as the result of a Sponsor exemption. He ended the event, the Valero Texas Open, tied in second place.
2007 was Kim’s first full year on the PGA Tour circuit, after he earned his card at the qualifying school. It was something of a successful season as he achieved four finishes in the top 10. It wasn’t until the following season that Kim achieved his first PGA Tour win, at the Wachovia Championship. At this point he rose to 16th in the rankings, as his star appeared to be on the rise. The season continued to be a successful one for Kim as he won his second tournament on the PGA Tour, at the AT&T National. Playing for his Country, Kim was also an integral part of that year’s US victory in the Ryder Cup.
From the 2009 season Kim began playing on the European Tour as well as the PGA Tour. Success continued in 2010 when Kim became only the third player ever to achieve three PGA Tour wins before the age of 25, when he triumphed at the Shell Houston Open. On the downside, this season also saw Kim struggling with injury for the first time. The problems with injury continued, and in 2012 Kim had to undergo surgery to repair damage to his left Achilles tendon. He was expected to return to golf after a few months of recuperation, but has not played again, either professionally or recreationally, since.
As of the end of 2014 Kim had achieved three wins on the PGA Tour, amassing total prize money of $12,206,409.