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Kim beats Taylor in playoff at Houston Open

Anthony Kim watches his second shot on the 17th hole as the gallery crowds in to see it land on the green during the final round of the Houston Open P...

Anthony Kim watches his second shot on the 17th hole as the gallery crowds in to see it land on the green during the final round of the Houston Open P...

Anthony Kim outlasted fellow American Vaughn Taylor on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday to capture his third PGA Tour title and first victory since 2008.
Kim had to go an extra hole to win the Houston Open title and while he didn't play as consistently all week as he would have liked he got the job done with a closing round of two-under 70.
"I hit it off the deck a couple times," Kim said. "If there is something my dad taught me it is to believe in myself when no one else does."
The 24-year-old Kim and Taylor (68) were tied at 12-under 276 in regulation. Kim two-putted on the playoff hole to make par. Taylor had to hit out of the sand and came up short on an 18-foot par putt for a bogey.
Kim, who was playing through the pain of an injured thumb, appeared to be headed to victory on the final hole of the round but missed a five foot putt for a bogey to send the match into the playoff.
Kim said one of the key's to his win Sunday was staying calm.
"Two years ago, that bag may have been in the water," Kim said. "I might not have had clubs to go to the playoff. But I just feel calm out there, I feel no sense of urgency. It's something that's happened naturally and not something that's been forced. "I'm comfortable with who I am out there. I found my identity."
He now heads to the Masters, where he hopes to carry the momentum over from this win to the season's first major championship.
Kim won for the first time since the 2008 AT and T National. He also won the Wachovia Championship in 2008.
Taylor closed the gap on the back nine with consecutive birdies on the 12th and 13th holes. But he was unable to get the victory that would have earned him a place in the Masters.
"Hugely disappointed," said Taylor, who missed out on a chance to go to the Masters. "It's a tough pill to swallow."
South Africa's Charl Schwartzel (67) and Canadian Graham DeLaet (68) finished one shot back at 11 under.


Updated : 2021-06-20 09:22 GMT+08:00