Qualified for a third Open Championship appearance by winning the 2019 Japan Open, coming from four behind with a closing 67 to win by one.
Rose from 151st to 75th in the world as a result, having been only 533rd four months earlier when he grabbed a place at Royal Portrush with second place at the Japan Tour’s Gateway to The Open Mizuno Open, where four spots were up for grabs.
He won that same event in 2017 to earn a debut and recorded a superb joint-11th-place finish at Royal Birkdale.
Kim spent more than a year out of action after first climbing into the game’s top 75 following three victories in Japan in 2017. First he battled back pains, then in practice for the 2018 World Golf Championship event in Mexico he struck a tree root and broke his left wrist.
His next ranking tournament was 10 months later. Born in South Korea, but an American citizen, he was the winner of the 2013 Asian Tour qualifying school and had a runner-up finish there before earning a Japan Tour card.
In December 2020 he captured his fifth title on that circuit at the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup.