For more than a year Shim didn’t see his mother, who still hasn’t been back to the U.S.
With his confidence at an all-time low, Shim struggled for years trying to chase his PGA Tour dream.
Shim, whose given first name is Hyeon Bo, made headlines six years ago by rallying from 5-down to score a 4-and-3 victory over Jim Liu in Stratham, N.H.
“When I was a junior I never knew what money meant, and then once I turned pro I had a lot of pressure to make money,” Shim said.
(Shim played in the tour’s Q-School last March in Santee, Calif., as well, withdrawing after rounds of 81-73-86.) Shim joined AAC three years ago and has met several people there who have helped him rediscover his confidence, including member Yung Lee and another young pro golfer by the name of Spencer Yi.
The two have given Shim friends on the golf course and motivated him to find the work ethic he showed at the U.S.
Shim said he constantly ignored friends who would try to reach out to him during the past six years.