Sung Yoon Kim wants to attend college in the United States. His English is not very good. But after reaching the final of the U.S. Amateur in Pebble Beach, Calif., the Korean teenager really needs to know only two words: golf scholarship.
Kim, 17, moved within a victory of becoming the youngest champion in Amateur history, and the first non-North American to win the title since 1911, by defeating Hunter Haas, 4 and 3, yesterday in the semifinals. Kim's opponent in today's final will be University of Texas sophomore David Gossett, who defeated Ben Curtis, 2 and 1, in the other semifinal. By reaching the final of the Amateur, Kim earned a spot in next year's Masters.
Kim is trying to become the first Amateur champion from outside North America since Harold Hilton of Liverpool, England, won it 88 years ago. Two Canadians have won it since then. The youngest player to win the U.S. Amateur was Tiger Woods, who captured the first of his three consecutive titles in 1994 at 18.
PGA: David Toms held on to his lead at the International in Castle Rock, Colo. Toms--who began the day with a three-point lead over Paul Goydos but with heavyweights David Duval, Ernie Els and Steve Elkington in close pursuit--finished with 39 points in the modified Stableford format and kept a three-point lead. Duval and Stephen Ames each had 36 points. Missing the cut were Tiger Woods and Davis Love III.
SENIORS: George Archer and Hale Irwin moved into a tie with first-round leader Jay Sigel in the BankBoston Classic in Concord, Mass. All are at 7-under 137.
LPGA: Akiko Fukushima and Nancy Scranton shared the lead after the second round of the Firstar LPGA Classic. Both shot 2-under-par 70s and were tied for the lead at 7-under 137 in Beavercreek, Ohio.
EUROPEAN PGA: Colin Montgomerie took a one-stroke lead over Padraig Harrington at the BMW Open in Munich.
EUROPEAN WOMEN: Laura Davies shot a 2-under-par 71 good for a two-shot lead over Trish Johnson in the Compaq Open in Stockholm.