Tom Kim, after nearly withdrawing with a sprained ankle, finishes T2 at Royal Liverpool

Good thing Tom Kim didn’t quit Friday morning.

Kim, after that left him with a badly sprained ankle, surged at the British Open on Sunday. The 21-year-old netted a 4-under 67, earning him nine places in the standings for a tie for second at the final major championship of the year.

It marked the best major finish of his career and made him the youngest player to finish in the top two at a British Open since 1976.

“Obviously coming on the stretch of a major when you’re playing the kind of adrenaline shots well and making sure you’re kind of in it,” Kim said.

“It was kind of nice to almost forget [my ankle] a bit, because when you’re in the moment, you don’t really think about it. I think today was probably the best in three days, so a little relieved.

in Hoylake, England on Thursday night, and his right foot struck a patch of wet grass. Kim’s foot caught, and he heard his ankle pop as he rolled it and he fell to the ground.

He said he was diagnosed with a grade 1 sprain, which is considered a mild sprain. While being told it was “definitely playable” and admitting he received “tough love” from his team for keeping him there, Kim said he almost called and went home to see a doctor.

While Kim needed a piggyback ride from his agent after his ride on Friday, he still posted a 3-under 68. This brought him inside the cut line.

“It’s pretty bruised. I can’t really take my shoe off,” Kim said on Friday. “I don’t know how I really walked.”

Kim also tied her score from the second round on Saturday as well. Then, after opening with back-to-back bogeys on Sunday, Kim birdied and hugely eagled at the par-5 fifth to suddenly go under par for the day. He then rolled to 4 under 67, which put him in a tie for second place with Sepp Straka, Jason Day and Jon Rahm.

“[I’m] a little bit [surprised] because of the way my foot felt,” Kim said on Sunday. “I was thinking of withdrawing my second round and the third round. But I’m pretty glad I didn’t. Stick to that.

Tom Kim could barely walk on Friday after slipping and falling at his rental home in England.

Tom Kim could barely walk on Friday after slipping and falling at his rental home in England. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

Kim has twice won the PGA Tour in her career. He picked up his first win late last season at the Wyndham Championship, which officially earned him his circuit card, and then won the Shriners Children’s Open earlier this season. Kim entered No. 24 in the Official World Golf Rankings this week, and he now has seven top-10 finishes this season, including a T8 at the US Open and a T6 at last week’s Genesis Scottish Open.

Kim’s performance on Sunday propelled him to 14th in the FedExCup standings. He is not entered on the court for next week’s 3M Open, although he is likely to try to defend his Wyndham Championship title in two weeks.

“Obviously after last year’s season, your expectations go up and you feel like you’re supposed to play like this all the time,” Kim said. “Seeing golf courses I haven’t been to, hitting a huge learning curve, it’s kind of frustrating. But it’s been a period of putting things into perspective a lot and trying to keep myself – it’s just a learning curve, it’s my first full year. These guys have been here five to ten plus years.

“I really have to put things in perspective and keep working hard to keep playing better. I’ve put in a lot of work this year trying to get that sense of rivalry back into the big events and it’s kind of nice to see the fruits come to life.

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