Michael Kim celebrates with the trophy after winning the John Deere Classic golf tournament

  • Michael Kim claimed his first PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic in Illinois
  • Kim, who birdied the first three holes in his final round, won by eight shots
  • World No 473 was 27 under par overall and qualifies for the Open Championship
  • Italy’s Francesco Molinari continued his recent fine form to finish second

By AP REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 20:06 EDT, 15 July 2018 | UPDATED: 20:06 EDT, 15 July 2018

Michael Kim didn’t just win his first PGA Tour event on Sunday. He dominated in a fashion never seen at TPC Deere Run.

Kim’s prizes? A little over a million dollars, a two-year exemption on tour and a trip to the British Open.

Kim shot a final-round 66 on Sunday to win the John Deere Classic by a record-setting eight strokes. The American, who turned 25 on Saturday, finished at 27-under 257 to break Steve Stricker’s tournament record from 2010 by one shot.

Michael Kim celebrates with the trophy after winning the John Deere Classic golf tournament
Michael Kim celebrates with the trophy after winning the John Deere Classic golf tournament

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