Twenty-year-old South Korean phenom Tom Kim is part of a four-way tie for the lead after the opening round of the Tiger Woods-hosted Hero World Challenge.

PGA Tour news: 20-year-old phenom Tom Kim one of four leaders at Hero World Challenge

Kim made major waves in the world of golf this year by becoming the first player to win twice on the PGA Tour before the age of 21 since Tiger Woods in 1996.

He also posted the day’s only bogey-free round at the Albany course in the Bahamas, where low scoring was expected only for a rain-softened course and strong winds to spoil the party.

Kim was able to avoid any dropped shots in his three-under-par 69, which put him level at the top of the leaderboard with defending champion Viktor Hovland of Norway, two-time major champion Collin Morikawa of the United States and Austria’s Sepp Straka.

“I gave myself a lot of opportunities,” Kim said. “Definitely, if some things went my way, I could have got a couple more, but with the conditions that we’ve had today, the no bogey is very, very acceptable.

“I gave myself a good chance to kind of play well the next three days,” added Kim, who closed with a birdie at 18 to tie the lead.

Kim, who was born in Seoul but raised in Australia, has quickly risen to 15th in the world rankings and is being tipped for big things.

“I definitely don’t take it for granted and I’m extremely grateful to be 20 years old and to play on the PGA tour,” he said. “But I’ve worked really hard for it and I’m enjoying every moment out there, so it’s really fun.”

Kim also said he had to pinch himself after getting a first opportunity to meet and talk with Tiger Woods this week.

“We didn’t talk about anything serious, it was just a lot of small talk,” said Kim.

“It was really nice, it was the first time I officially got to meet him and talk to him a little bit.”

American Sam Burns lies just one shot behind the leading quartet in solo second place, while Cameron Young, Max Homa and England’s Tommy Fleetwood were the only other players in the 20-man field who managed to finish under par.

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