Thanks to the birdie chain in the last three holes, Kim A Lim finished at point -3 and waited on the podium to crown the major US Women’s Open on December 14.
The finish line was delayed due to bad weather in Houston, so the 75th US Women’s Open did not close on December 13 as expected. On December 14, the new tournament lowered the curtain with the championship that belonged to Kim thanks to a spectacular comeback.
“Knowing that I am less than the top of the table many sticks, so throughout the round, I always keep an eye on the common scoreboard. Maybe that’s why I am more brave, not afraid to attack the flag. Until now I am still ecstatic to win,” Kim above Golf Channel.
After 54 holes, the 25-year-old Korean golfer is five strokes less than Shibuno at the top of the table with a score of -4. Yesterday, Kim went six holes ahead of the group. This group includes Shibuno, Amy Olson and Moriya Jutanugarn. A hole in front of them are Lydia Ko, Kim Ji Yeong2, Yealimi Noh – the group close to the scoreboard.
End of the first half, Kim has three birdies and clean bogey. After 15 holes, her score was at even par, while Olson finished hole 9 and took two strokes. But Kim makes mutations from hole 16 to hole 18 with a 6, 8 iron and a pitching wedge, respectively. This section, Kim three times on the green and birdie, in which the first time 1.2 meters from the hole, then three hands and last shot 2.1 meters away.
Finished, Kim entered the guild with the top position at the top of the table at 3 points with the advantage of a stick and watched the situation.
Of the 18 players after Kim, world number one Ko Jin Young is a threat, and Amy Olson is the most formidable competitor. When Kim finished the round, Ko left hole 14 with a par and had two birdies with the same bogey. The remaining four holes, Ko no bogey, and two more birdies. But still cannot catch up with Kim. No need to close the round of 68 strokes and run the finish at point -2.
Meanwhile, Olson constantly par from hole 9 to hole 15 thanks to a good green with an iron club. She is holding the first major win and also the first title after seven years of LPGA Tour.
Despite her high performance, she doesn’t use the iron at the critical moment. At the top of the 16 par3 hole, 178 yards long, Olson wants to cross 170 yards to cross the bunker to block in front of the green, so using a hybrid club because the number 5 iron will lack the distance as the hole before. After getting off the club, the American golfer born in 1992 found the ball to be pleasing, but it rolled into the thick grass behind the green causing her to close the bogey hole. After par 17 hole, Olson birdie hole 18 and with Ko divided the runner-up at -2, each received 487,290 USD.
Shibuno alone was fourth at -1 for hitting 74 strokes, while Megan Khang closed the top 5 (score +1). Shibuno received $ 266,780, Khang received $ 222,200. Last year, Shibuno, born in 1998, won the major Women’s Open in his first overseas competition.
Over the past 25 years, the US Women’s Open has recorded seven players, including this year’s Kim, having been five strokes behind three rounds but won the game. Annika Sorenstam was the first to set this milestone at The Broadmoor in 1995. The 75th match recorded six golfers with negative points while the whole tournament only four people reached “under par” final.
Kim is the ninth Korean golfer to win the US Women’s Open in 13 years and has been the lowest-ranked world-ranked champion since the inception of the Rolex Rankings in 2006. Prior to his coronation, Kim ranked 94th on the Rolex Rankings and most play in the domestic league system.
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