It’s fair to say that Tom Kim and Patrick Cantlay are getting to know each other better. Two weeks ago during the Presidents Cup, the two faced off twice at Quail Hollow. Cantlay, partnered with fellow American Xander Schuaffele, beat Kim and international teammate Hideki Matsuyama in a four-ball match on Friday. Kim then felt the thrill of victory when, playing with Si Woo Kim, they four-balled Cantlay and Schuaffele on Saturday afternoon, with Tom Kim memorably netting a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
At the Shriners Kids’ Open on Sunday, they went at it again, sharing the lead going into the final round at TPC Summerlin. And they were still level with a hole to play, before Cantlay shockingly fired his tee shot on the par-4 18th in the desert en route to a disastrous triple bogey 7. Safely in the fairway and then on the green, Kim two-put for par to shoot a closing 66 for a three-shot win.
Kim finished the week in impressive fashion bogey-free, the first tour winner to do so since JT Poston at the 2019 Wyndham Championship. Kim, coincidentally, knows a thing or two about the Wyndham, having won his first tour at the event in August. With his win at the Shriners, he became the first PGA Tour player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to win two Tour titles before turning 21. He is also now the second youngest double winner (20 years, 3 months, 18 days) in the PGA. Historic lap behind Ralph Guldahl (20 years, 2 months, 10 days).
With the win, Kim took home the top prize of $1.44 million out of an overall purse of $8 million. Here’s a breakdown of the prize money for each golfer who made the cut in Las Vegas. We will update the list with player names and individual paydays shortly after the tournament ends.
Win: Tom Kim, -24, $1,440,000
T-2: Patrick Cantlay, under 21, $712,000
T-2: Matthew NeSmith, under 21, $712,000