Anthony Kim Wins Shell Houston Open in a Playoff

Anthony KimAnthony Kim rebounded from a bogey on the 72nd hole to beat Vaughn Taylor in a playoff and capture the Shell Houston Open, his first PGA Tour win since the 2008 AT&T National. The victory gives Kim three career PGA Tour titles.

"I just look back at last year, after the season was over, I was just complaining about everything," Kim said. "I felt like I deserved to win a golf tournament without trying. That's not how it is.

"I've put in a lot of hard work, so I feel like when I'm out there, I know I'm going to do well. Having that confidence really has propelled my game, I feel like, to a different level."

Kim won at Redstone Golf Club despite his wildness off the tee all week. The 24-year-old hit only 23 or 56 fairways in four rounds, the fourth lowest total for a winner since 1983.

For Taylor, an Augusta, Georgia native, his hopes of making it back to The Masters were dashed for the time being. He needed this victory to qualify.

"Hugely disappointed," Taylor said. "It's a tough pill to swallow."

Kim and Taylor played No. 18 again in the playoff and Kim made a routine 4, two-putting from 30 feet. Taylor hit a bad drive, played out of the greenside bunker and came up short on his 18-foot par putt.

The other big tournament winners are the youths and families supported by the Shell Houston Open’s core charities. The 2010 donation to the charities will be made later this year, but it is expected to more than double the winning golfer’s purse of $1,044.000.

With that donation, more than $50 million will have been generated by the tournament since Shell became the title sponsor in 1992.

 

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