Kim flirts with 2nd ace, leads by 1 at Texas Open

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Golf | Auto Racing -

SAN AN­TO­NIO — Si Woo Kim nar­rowly missed a sec­ond holein-one on con­sec­u­tive days and saw his four-shot lead trimmed to one over Mon­day qual­i­fier Corey Con­ners af­ter Satur­day’s third round of the Texas Open.

Kim aced the 16th hole at the TPC San An­to­nio on Fri­day, and he missed it by inches on the way to a third-round 3-un­der 69. He was at 15 un­der, and Con­nors, try­ing to be­come the first Mon­day qual­i­fier to win on the PGA Tour since 2010, was a stroke back af­ter shoot­ing a 6-un­der 66.

Charley Hoff­man, the 2016 Texas Open win­ner, moved up the leader­board with a birdiebirdie-ea­gle fin­ish and the week’s best round of 64. He was two back of Kim at 13 un­der.

Scott Brown turned in a sec­ond straight 67, and Jhonat­tan Ve­gas also shot 67. Both were at 11 un­der with Ky­oung-Hoon Lee (69).

Rickie Fowler and Jor­dan Spi­eth started the day tied for sec­ond, four back. Both fin­ished eight shots out of the lead af­ter bal­loon­ing to rounds of 73.

Kim flirted with the 16th hole on the sec­ond bounce Satur­day. This time, the ball rolled past the hole to in­side four feet for what looked like an easy birdie. He missed, Con­ners made his from inches shorter and they shared the lead again.

But Con­ners re­turned the fa­vor on the next hole, miss­ing a birdie from in­side seven feet.

Kim, win­ner of The Play­ers Cham­pi­onship in 2017, got out of a green­side bunker at the par-5 18th and sank a four-foot par to get the one-stroke ad­van­tage.

“Yeah, I think about yes­ter­day, like I can’t be­lieve it, and then it was pretty close to­day, too,” Kim said of the near-ace. “I saw that first bounce, and then I thought it would go in for sure.”

Con­ners is try­ing to be­come the first Mon­day qual­i­fier to win on the PGA Tour since Ar­jun At­wal nine years ago. Be­fore that, no one had done it in 24 years.

The 27-year-old was a fi­nal­ist in the 2014 U.S. Am­a­teur, but he hasn’t won on the PGA Tour or any of its af­fil­i­ate tours.

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