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October 21 2011

10:21 PM

Kim puts heart into second round

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- For most people, their 21st birthday requires a big celebration.

Bio Kim's big day came Aug. 21 and the youngest player on the PGA TOUR was at his parents’ home in Seoul, South Korea. He wasn't in the mood to party very much, though.

"I actually had surgery over my month break," Kim said, referring to his layoff during the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. "I didn't really have a lot of fun at that point."

Kim, who holds a share of the lead at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic after shooting 65 on the Magnolia Course, has had a heart problem since he was a little boy. He wasn't sure exactly of what the diagnosis would be in English but it revolves around an irregular heartbeat.

Kim, who is 12 under at the midway point at Disney, said an incision was made in his thigh and the doctors actually were able to correct three problems in his heart. He was in the hospital for three days and didn't touch a club for a week.

"(I was scared) because it's not like an arm or a leg," Kim acknowledged. "It's the heart. I was a little bit scared but this is the second time getting the surgery. I had it when I was 11 so it was all right. I didn't quite get used to it but a little bit better."

Kim said he almost passed out during the second round of The Greenbrier Classic earlier this year. He landed in the hospital that day and the doctors advised him to have the surgery.

"I thought it was okay; the doctors were 'you shouldn't really keep playing right now,'" said Kim, who shot 70 that day and made the cut. "So it was good that I got a little surgery this year."

Kim came to Disney ranked 168th on the money list. So he needs a big week in order to keep his card. If he doesn't, he'll head back to q-school.

"I'm not afraid of q-school because I'm only 21 and I've got a lot of things to do and a lot of tournaments to do," Kim said. "... If I'm lucky enough to keep my card this week, it will be great. Hopefully I can play better next week -- no, next year."

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