New Zealand Open – Proving grounds for future stars

Three of the International Team at this years Presidents Cup have played at the New Zealand Open in recent years! Amazing to see the next generation of the worlds best play here in New Zealand!

The 2022 Presidents Cup wrapped up this week seeing the U.S. Team take home the silverware, but our eyes were firmly on the three former New Zealand Open players who were teeing it up in the International team.

Sung-Jae Im, Cam Davis and Tom Kim have all visited our shores and experienced the New Zealand Open in Queenstown in recent times. All having top 20 finishes and showing their potential as up-and-comers in the world of golf. 

Korea’s Sung-Jae Im © Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Currently ranked 19th in the world, Sung-Jae Im finished tied for 12th at the New Zealand Open in 2017 as a 19-year-old. Just five shots back from the leading playoff group, his first three rounds of 66, 65 and 68 had the young Korean sitting inside the top 6 heading into the final round. 

Australia’s Cameron Davis © Photo: www.photosport.nz

Sitting at 66th in the world rankings, Australian Cameron Davis finished tied for 7th in 2018 when he took on both The Hills and Millbrook Resort courses. The then 23-year-old, Davis carded all four rounds in the 60’s scoring 66, 67, 65, 67.

Korea’s Joohyung Kim. © Photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz

And in 2020, Tom (Joohyung) Kim lit up the stage as a 17-year-old. The young Korean who was a star in the making, took the lead after his opening round of 64, backed it up with a four-under 68 in round two and a 67 in round three holding a share of the lead heading into the final round. His final round of -1, 70 wasn’t enough to hold off the challenge of Australian Brad Kennedy but was enough to earn Kim outright fourth!

Photos: @photosport.nz

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