Kim looks to be following in footsteps of Na with dominant display
Andres Romero can sign off with a flourish
Sky Sports Golf, 8pm Sunday
Story so far
A stop-start third round of the John Deere Classic ended with Michael Kim retaining a comfortable advantage at the top of the leaderboard.
Thunderstorms caused suspensions at TPC Deere Run, Illinois, but Kim was unflustered, compiling a second successive 64, closing with four consecutive birdies.
Kim was 250-1 ante-post, but the maiden has dominated proceedings, reaching 22 under par through 54 holes. He is five shots clear and no bigger than 2-5 for victory.
-22 Michael Kim
-17 Bronson Burgoon
-16 Matt Jones
-15 Harold Varner
-14 Andres Romero, Sam Ryder
2-5 M Kim, 7 B Burgoon, 11 M Jones, 18 H Varner, 40 S Ryder, 45 A Romero, 66 F Molinari, J Wagner, 80 bar
Michael Kim has never won on the US Tour, but that seems likely to change for a 25-year-old who has ripped TPC Deere Run to shreds.
When you open with rounds of 63, 64 and 64, a tournament should be at your mercy, and that is exactly the case with Kim this week.
Kim is no mug – he had an excellent college career, played in the Walker Cup, and was low amateur with 17th place in the 2013 US Open – and he has found his absolute A-game in Illinois.
This looks set to be a Korean-born American winning on the US Tour for the second consecutive week and the Greenbrier heroics of Kevin Na have probably inspired Kim.
Having finished round three in spectacular fashion – five birdies in his final six holes – expect Kim to approach Sunday feeling invincible. Somebody is bound to spring from the pack on this low-scoring layout, but Kim should have enough in hand to deal with any challenge on a sunny, calm day.
Final-round twoball punters are pointed towards Andres Romero for the 6.17pm match. Romero, like Kim, has already posted two 64s this week and the Argentinian is a birdie machine when in the groove.
Romero seems more likely to kick for home than rookie maiden and John Deere debutant Sam Ryder, yet is the outsider with most firms.
1pt 11-10 general
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