Tom Kim will play in his first ever Masters field this weekend as he finds himself in the star-studded group with world No. 2 Rory McIlroy and No. 11 Sam Burns.
Kim, himself, is no slouch. Many predict that he’ll become golf’s next young star. On Wednesday, however, he showed that there’s still much he has left to learn.
The 20-year-old recently achieved PGA status, reeling off a pair of season-ending wins to close last year. Now, in April, he finds himself at Augusta National for one of golf’s premiere events.
With a win, he would become the Masters youngest champion.
While a strong performance is certainly on the mind of the budding star, Tom Kim is using the practice rounds to take the moment in.
He made headlines upon arrival as he was paired in a practice group alongside legends Rory, Tiger, and Fred Couples. Unfortunately, he showed his inexperience while participating in an annual Masters Week tradition.
The tradition of skipping at No. 16 continues. #themasters pic.twitter.com/gIKdMPWwF9
— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 3, 2023
In the “Skipping at No. 16,” players attempt to skip the ball across the water and onto the green. While the three vets did so successfully, Kim’s shot never got wet as it sailed over the pond.
Now, we’ve seen another rookie mishap from the youngster.
Tom Kim hit the concession stands to try out Augusta National’s famous foods and impossibly cheap prices. He stuck with the classics, like the pimento cheese sandwich and chocolate chip cookies. He went in with a $20 budget, and came out with change to spare.
Unfortunately, he made the mistake of trying to pay with cash. The Masters concessions are cashless.
Kim was bailed out by a security worker who kindly offered his debit card.
Pimento, egg salad, peach ice cream sandwich. A trip through Masters concessions with Tournament rookie Tom Kim. #themasters pic.twitter.com/iroNrmwMY0
— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 5, 2023
Lesson learned. Kim will be sure to bring plastic on his next trip to Augusta.