Kim Si-Woo in action during day two of the One Asia SK Telecom event at the Pinx Golf Club, Jeju Island, May 18, 2012. (PAUL LAKATOS/AFP/OneAsia)
LA QUINTA, CALIF. - Si-Woo Kim has himself nicely positioned to challenge for a PGA Tour card at Q-school.
The only problem is the 17-year-old Korean won't be able to use it much, if at all, if he finishes in the top 25. He has a 67 and a 69 in the opening rounds, good for a tie for 14th place at PGA West. The top 25 players and ties after 108 holes will earn Tour cards.
Players cannot be members of the PGA Tour until they turn 18 and Kim's birthday isn't until late June. Non-members of the PGA Tour can play up to 12 tournaments a year, including Monday qualifiers, and up to seven sponsors exemptions, which would be the case for Kim until he turns 18.
Ty Tryon is believed to be the youngest player to earn his PGA Tour through Q-school. He was 17 years, six months and one day in 2001 when he finished tied for 23rd. If Kim is successful, he will be about a month younger.
According to the PGA Tour, if Kim were to get into tournaments and win any money, it would not be official unti