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Michael Kim had no clue this future tour pro caddied a hole for him at Torrey Pines a decade ago

January 24, 2024

Sean M. Haffey

PGA Tour pro and unexpected Golf Twitter star Michael Kim shared a funny tweet earlier this week that involved him being snubbed in the official pre-tournament notes for the Farmers Insurance Open. Turns out, the story gets even better.

Kim, who went to high school in the San Diego area at TORREY PINES High School, wasn't pleased about being left off the tour's list of players in the field this week with local ties. After all, it doesn't get much more local than that.

The tour quickly fixed the mistake, but when Kim was asked about it at his Tuesday press conference, he admitted he felt a bit of an extra sting by the fact he was omitted while Cameron Sisk wasn't.

"I'm kind of looking at the list and I see Charley Hoffman, yeah, I get that. I see Xander Schauffele, yeah, I get that. I see J.J. Spaun, I'm like hmm, like I don't know, probably, I don't know, if you remember J.J. you probably should remember me," Kim said. "And I see Cameron Sisk and I'm like, who the hell is Cameron Sisk?"

It's a fair question of anyone to ask, let alone from a guy who has won on the PGA Tour. And to answer that question, Sisk is a 23-year-old Arizona State product from San Diego, who turned pro in 2022. He's making his second career PGA Tour start this week on a sponsor's exemption.

But it turns out he's been inside the ropes at this event before. And it came a decade ago when he was only 13—with Michael Kim of all people!

"Funny enough, I actually ran into him on the range just earlier and he had a picture," Kim continued. "He caddied for me like 10 years ago when I was playing this event as like a First Tee like walk up 18 and he sent me the picture. It was kind of funny, it was kind of one of my first old veteran guy moments, I guess."

Small world, huh? Kim then shared that picture on Twitter:

Incredible. Sounds like Kim didn't snub him for an autograph (Like the treatment Rory McIlroy once got from his soccer idol) or he probably wouldn't have wanted to show Michael that photo.

In any event, good luck, Cameron. Hey, Nick Dunlap just won as a sponsor's exemption, so you never know. And at the very least, you might cross paths with a young golfer who eventually grows up to play against you on tour, too.