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November 20 2011

4:13 AM

Match 23: Kim defeats Simpson 1 up

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Ryo Ishikawa told Greg Norman that K.T. Kim would win his match and the young Korean delivered, beating Webb Simpson 1 up in Sunday's opener.

Kim appeared to hit his stride on Saturday afternoon when he and Y.E. Yang beat Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. Some were surprised when Norman sent him off first in Singles, but the move was certainly rewarded.

Kim won the fourth and fifth holes with pars to put the International flag on the scoreboard early. He was the third International player to win in the first three matches, and a fourth was leading on the 18th hole when Kim finished.

Kim never trailed in the match, although Simpson did square the match with a birdie and a par at the 15th and 16th holes. Undaunted, Kim made a 10-footer for birdie at No. 17 and held on for the win.

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