A Lim Kim Wins U.S Women's Open PDF Print E-mail



A.Lim Kim celebrates after winning the U.S Women's Open in Houston.



(USGA Report) Houston - Two years ago, A Lim Kim registered her first

LPGA Tour of Korea victory at the Se Ri Pak Invitational. It came 20 years

after that tournament’s namesake produced a seminal moment in women’s

golf for the Republic of Korea, a victory in the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open.

Now the 25-year-old will have her name etched on the same iconic trophy.

Kim closed out the weather-delayed final round of the 75th U.S. Women’s

Open at Champions Golf Club on a chilly Monday in southeast Texas

with three consecutive birdies to edge countrywoman and world No. 1

Jin Young Ko and Amy Olson by one stroke. Her 4-under-par 67

matched the lowest round of the championship and gave her a 3-under

total of 281. Hinako Shibuno, the 54-hole leader, finished two strokes


The No. 94 player in the Rolex Rankings became the 10th different

Korean to claim the Harton S. Semple Trophy since Pak’s breakthrough

moment 22 years ago at Blackwolf Run. That win also came on a

Monday, in what became a 20-hole playoff victory over amateur Jenny


Kim also became the third Korean in the last 15 years to win the oldest

major championship in women’s golf in her first start, joining Birdie Kim

(2005) and In Gee Chun (2015). Only two others – Patty Berg in the

inaugural event in 1946 and Kathy Cornelius 10 years later – had

managed to win this title in their first start. In fact, this was Kim’s

first-ever competition in the United States and her first women’s major.

When the result became official, defending champion Jeongeun Lee6

and another Korean competitor gave the new winner a celebratory

shower in the Player Hospitality tent.

“Can't really describe it in words,” said Kim through a translator. “I

never expected that I was going to appear in the U.S. Women's Open.

I still can't feel what it's like right now, but I'll probably feel it when

the ceremony and everything wraps up today.”

The championship had to be completed on Monday due to nearly

three-quarters of an inch of rain that saturated the Cypress Creek

Course on Sunday. Only twice before had a non-playoff round of the

U.S. Women’s Open been completed on a Monday: 1987 at Plainfield

Country Club, where a Tuesday 18-hole playoff was required, and

2011 at The Broadmoor, where fellow Korean, So Yeon Ryu, prevailed

in a three-hole aggregate playoff over compatriot Hee Kyung Seo.