In 2017 Kim became the youngest-ever winner of the Players Championship at 21, beating Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen by three when ranked 75th in the world.
It was his second PGA Tour victory – in 2016 he finished five clear of Luke Donald at the Wyndham Championship after posting a second-round 60 – and this January a third title came at The American Express, where he beat Patrick Cantlay by one.
That took him from 96th to 48th on the rankings and his position in the top 50 in late May meant a place at Royal St George’s was his.
Aged 17 in 2012 he was the youngest player to survive the PGA Tour qualifying school, but he could not join the circuit until his next birthday.
Two years later he was the second-youngest winner – behind Jason Day – on the Web.com Tour and while Henrik Stenson was winning the Claret Jug at Royal Troon in 2016 he finished runner-up to Aaron Baddeley at the Barbasol Championship.
Kim made his Presidents Cup debut in 2017 and in 2018 lost a play-off for the RBC Heritage to Satoshi Kodaira. He was part of the South Korean side that finished joint third in the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship.