OAKMONT, Pa. — Anthony Kim proved there are birdies for the taking with a three-under-par 67 at Oakmont Country Club on Sunday, good news for players like Jim Furyk (six over) and David Toms (seven over) who will mostly likely need to shoot a red number to have a chance of winning.
Kim's round was a 13-stroke difference from his Saturday score of 80 and left him at 14-over for the tournament. It was the second best round of the week after Paul Casey's 66 on Friday, but it could have been even better, said Kim's caddie, Ron (Bambi) Levin.
"It could have been super, super low," Levin said. "It wasn't like he made a lot of putts. He just hit great shots all day."
Kim's birdie chip rolled all the way around the cup and out on 13, and he missed a six-footer for birdie on 10, the hole that derailed his round Saturday when he made triple-bogey 7. Kim said the greens were rolling slower on Sunday morning than they did the first three days, a realization that hit him when he hit his 10-foot birdie putt on line but short on the par-4 opening hole.
He righted his stroke in time to make long birdie putts on the 299-yard, par-3 8th hole and again at the par-4 18th. He also birdied 5, 7 and the par-4 17th, which is also playing at 299 yards for the final round.
"I feel like I just got out of the ring with Mike Tyson," Kim said after making five birdies against two bogeys. The rookie from Palm Springs, Calif., by way of the University of Oklahoma, will take two weeks off.