Kim storms to Greenbrier top spot

Anthony Kim claimed the lead Saturday at the Greenbrier Classic with a brilliant eight-under-par-62 shot.

Kim found his form earlier this month at the British Open after suffering from a lengthy dismal spell. He attributed his excellent round last Saturday which propelled him into a 10-under lead to his decision to focus on the “basics”.

“I haven’t had this much fun playing golf for a long time,” said Kim, who finished in a tie for fifth place at Royal St George’s. “Even when I wasn’t hitting the ball particularly well yesterday, I had a lot of fun.

“The last couple weeks have really turned my golf game around, especially starting at the British. So I’m looking forward to pretty good things.

“Going back to the basics is really what helped my game. Without that, I would still be struggling.”

Kim is ahead by a stroke from Scott Stallings. Gary Woodland and Webb Simpson are behind Stallings. The lead at the midway point of the tournament was shared by Simpson and Brendon de Jonge.

Immediately behind second-placed Stallings are Gary Woodland and Webb Simpson, the latter having shared the lead at the midway point of the tournament with Brendon de Jonge. While Simpson and Woodland are only two strokes adrift of Kim, de Jonge is left on five-under overall after he suffered from poor showing.

The 26-year old Kim, a three-time PGA Tour winner, suffered from an injured left thumb which required surgery, which made him miss much of last season.

“I was just hitting smart golf shots,” he told reporters after recording eight birdies in a flawless display. “I started hitting some fades off the tee, which on this course you need to do, and I made a couple of putts.

“I hit the smart shot, sometimes not even going at a couple of pins, which is hard for me to do. I got away with some poor swings because of some good lines. Hopefully I can do that again tomorrow.”