Earlier today, Michael Kim described the opportunity to play in the Farmers Insurance Open as “exciting” and “surreal.” The 2013 college player of the year will begin his career as a professional golfer on Thursday at Torrey Pines North.
Kim attended Torrey Pines High School, and played two and a half years at Cal before turning professional for the Farmers. He is a hometown kid who is poised to make some noise on Tour. However, Kim didn’t want to weigh himself down with high expectations in the pre-tournament press conference saying, “I play my best when I don’t have too many expectations on myself.”
The former Cal Bear said he feels comfortable at Torrey even though the South Course is the longest on Tour at 7,698 yards. He will get a break starting on the shorter North Course on Thursday, and the familiarity with both courses should help settle his nerves throughout the week.
Kim is paired with Andrew Svoboda and Kevin Foley for the first two rounds.
If Kim finishes in the top 10 this week, he will be exempt into next week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. If Kim doesn’t register a top 10, his next event will be the Web.com’s Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro. The tournament takes place February 13-16 in Bogotá, Colombia.