Kim, a former standout at the University of California-Berkeley and a member of the victorious 2013 USA Walker Cup Team, will tee it up in a U.S. Open for the first time in 10 years, and first as a professional. Kim tied for 17th in the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club to earn low-amateur honors. On May 22, he was in a 5-for-2 playoff for the final spots out of the Dallas, Texas, final qualifier and wound up as the first alternate. He got into the field on June 12. Kim was born in the Republic of Korea but raised in Southern California and starred on the Cal team with multipe PGA Tour winner Max Homa, 2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up Michael Weaver and 2013 U.S. Amateur semifinalist Brandon Hagy. That team won 11 times in the 2012-13 season, but lost in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships to Illinois. Kim won the 2013 Jack Nicklaus Award as well as the 2013 Haskins Award for being the nation's top collegiate golfer. Kim owns one PGA Tour victory since turning pro in 2013: the 2018 John Deere Classic by eight strokes. This will be his first major championship since the 2019 PGA Championship.