Shriners Open Preview – Two-Time Champ Tom Kim Shares Summerlin Love

Tom Kim is the two-time reigning, defending champion of the Shriners Children’s Open, scheduled to be played Oct. 17-20, 2024, at TPC Summerlin. It is never too early to peak ahead to the event, and during this preview, we are sharing his thoughts on Summerlin, the community that surrounds the course.

Following his 2023 victory, Kim spoke about the mutual affection between he and Summerlin.

“I’m not a really big nightlife, big fancy, loud type of guy, so when I come to Vegas I don’t really like going the strip and I stay about five minutes from the course,” Kim said. “It’s really quiet and nice. And going back to back is great. Summerlin and I are bonded together. Hopefully, it’s nice to meet here again next year as well. I love Summerlin. I hope it loves me again next year.”

 

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Summerlin was named one of Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” in 2014, and is described as a “boom town within a boom town.” The community growth has paralleled the growth of Las Vegas, from national casino mecca to global sports, entertainment, and business destination. Summerlin is home to the fashion, dining and entertainment at Downtown Summerlin®,  Class-A office buildings, Red Rock Resort, City National Arena (practice facility and home of the 2023 Stanley Cup winning Vegas Golden Knights Hockey League), and Las Vegas Ballpark, a world class Triple-A baseball stadium and home of the Las Vegas Aviators.

Patrick Lindsey, Shriners Children’s Open tournament director, appreciates the partnership with Summerlin.

“Just over 30 years ago, a new Las Vegas community was established, called Summerlin, and it has been the home of PGA TOUR golf in the valley ever since,” Lindsey said. “This community has grown significantly and so has the Shriners Children’s Open. I can’t imagine our event being in any other community. Summerlin is the perfect place for this annual event.”

Kim., a 21-year-old South Korean native, became the youngest three-time winner on Tour since Tiger Woods, and the second-youngest to successfully defend a Tour title since 1900. Kim shot 20-under 264, one stroke better than Canadian Adam Hadwin to go back to back.

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