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South Korean Tom Kim, No. 16 in the world, commits to play Cognizant Classic

Tom Kim, the 16th-ranked golfer in the world, has entered the field for the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches.

Kim, 21, was born in South Korea and lives in Dallas. He has won three PGA Tour events, including the 2022 and 2023 Shriners Children's Open, and has seven international wins.

Cognizant now has 16 of the top 50 golfers in the world, and seven in the top 30 officially committed, including No. 2 Rory McIlroy and No. 9 Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Other notable players in the field include Rickie Fowler, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose, Sepp Straka, Gary Woodland, Daniel Berger, Eric Cole and defending champion Chris Kirk.

Additionally, No. 23 Cameron Young is expected to commit.

Tom Kim lines up a putt on the 16th hole during the 2024 Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Feb. 8, 2024.
Tom Kim lines up a putt on the 16th hole during the 2024 Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Feb. 8, 2024.

A year ago, the event had none from the top 10, three from the top 30 and eight of the top 50. The improved field is a result of the PGA Tour adjusting the schedule to add a week between the end of the West Coast Swing and Cognizant.

Kim was 21st on the FedEx Cup points list in 2023, making him eligible for the PGA Tour's eight signature events. His victory in the 2022 Wyndham Championship made him the first tour winner born after 2000. He has played five PGA Tour events this season, his best finish 17th at the Phoenix Open. Kim never had played Cognizant's predecessor, the Honda Classic.

Cognizant will be held at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens from Feb. 29 to March 3

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