Tom Kim proved Thursday night that even pro golf stars have flashes of weekend warrior in them … ’cause in a wild attempt to rescue a brand new ball from a hazard area, he got absolutely lathered in mud.
The hilarious scene all went down during Kim’s first round at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in New York … when on the sixth hole, the 20-year-old blasted his tee shot way off line.
Turns out, the ball was struck so badly … it went over a creek and settled in a patch of high weeds.
“I miss days when I played on a Tour without cameras.” @KiraDixon asking Tom Kim about THAT viral moment 🤣 pic.twitter.com/0ETpW7tpjc
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Kim then had two options — take a penalty stroke and drop the ball near the hazard … or, strip off his shoes and socks and go in after it.
Turns out, Kim chose the latter … and it ended up being a comically poor decision.
Check out the footage of Kim trying to find his Pro V1x … the dude waded through waist-high mud for several moments, before he had to turn back without the ball and crawl to safety.
Video shows Kim left the hazard covered in mud … and after the round — while he was a good sport about it — he was clearly embarrassed.
“You know,” he said with a sheepish smile, “I miss the days when I played on a tour without cameras.”
Kim was able to wash himself off in a nearby creek following the whole ordeal … and despite having to take a penalty stroke and throw away his mud-stained shirt — he ended up bogeying the hole. He later finished his round at +3.