Arguably the mast anticipated matchup during the 2022 Presidents Cup was Max Homa vs. Tom Kim in singles on Sunday. The Americans won the Cup and Homa beat Kim. The 20-year old Kim hasn’t forgotten, and the two will again do battle during the first two rounds of the Shriners Children’s Open. –By Brian Hurlburt
“He’s really, really cool and an he’s an amazing person,” Kim said of Homa during a Shriners presser. “It was the first time I got to spend some time with him on that Sunday, but as much as I hate losing, he played great on that final last stretch. I’m still pretty pissed about it, but in a good way. I have so much respect for him, and i(the Shriners pairing) is going to be fun. Obviously, I have my partner, playing with Max and my partner from the Presidents Cup, so it’s going to be a fun first two days.”
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The two along with Si Woo Kim play at 7:24 on Thursday and 12:24 on Friday at TPC Summerlin. Kim and Homa are two of the biggest personalities in the game and and a bromance appears to be brewing.
“Tom is obviously a rock star, and think first and foremost, he’s an amazingly nice person,” Homa said. “I’ve listened to him on podcasts as of late, and he’s great. He’s got like that fresh outlook on the game of golf, which is cool. He’s 20 years old, so that’s amazing to even be out here.
“I know he’s been playing professional golf for a little while, longer than you’d expect a 20-year old, but to be able to qualify for the Presidents Cup at that age is crazy to me. He played awesome all week. He was the catalyst of the team I felt like. His emotion was cool. As competitive as golf is, and that’s why we play it, part of it is entertainment, and I feel like he also has that extra kick of being very entertaining and lovable and somebody you want to see succeed. Yeah, it was cool to see him kind of burst on the scene there because I know he had been playing some really great golf prior, but that was a big stage, and he handled it awesome.”