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Justin Rose hails English teenager Kris Kim’s record-breaking debut on the PGA Tour

Kris Kim played at the invitation of the sponsors of the CJ Cup – Getty Images/Aric Becker

Kris Kim’s record-breaking debut on the PGA Tour has been heralded by Justin Rose as “a breakthrough moment” after the 16-year-old English amateur made history.

The Surrey teenager became the youngest European to reach the US circuit and the fifth youngest ever of any nationality. At the invitation of the sponsors of the CJ Cup in Dallas, Kim qualified for the weekend after Jordan Spieth, among others, fell short.

Lottie Woad’s entry into the top 25 of the Chevon Championship – the first female major of the season – just weeks after winning the Augusta National Women’s Amateur on the hallowed Masters course was a notable boost for the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Championship.

Three years ago, Kim finished second in the boys’ event, while Woad also claimed the silver medal that weekend. Rose was on hand to witness these fine talents and tweeted a photo of him celebrating in front of the TV as Woad prevailed in Augusta. However, as a golfer who missed his first 21 appearances in the professional ranks as a teenager, it’s easy to see why Kim’s performance in Dallas felt so compelling.

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“What an incredible week for a 16-year-old,” Rose told Telegraph Sport. “I know from painful experience how difficult it is to make the cut. I saw Kris at Walton Heath and saw his potential. He has a great future ahead of him. After Lottie won at Augusta and then played great at the Chevron, it just shows that the talent is coming through. We are proud that they played in our junior championship. Lottie and Kris have shown what is possible and that is brilliant. These are breakthrough moments.”

In the LIV Golf League, Brooks Koepka won the tournament in Singapore, indicating he will be back in form for his defense of the USPGA in two weeks.

The five-time major winner finished twice ahead of Australians Cam Smith and Marc Leishman and then sent a warning to his rivals who will face Valhalla in the second major of the season. “I’m starting to peak again and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

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