20 QUESTIONS: CHRISTINA KIM
We chat exclusively to Christina Kim about her golfing idols, her love of Tim Tams and where she thinks the women’s game is at.
1. When did you first pick up a golf club? I was just shy of 12 when my father put a golf club in my hand. 2. Who’s your best friend on Tour? Without a doubt, Jane Park is my best friend on Tour. Other close friends include Lydia Ko, Su Oh, Marina Alex, Megan Khang, and Tiffany Joh. 3. What’s been one of the best shots of your career? One of the best shots in my career would have to be my first hole-in-one while on Tour back in 2006 at the Ginn Open. I knew it was perfect the moment I made contact. 4. Favourite club in your bag? I love all of my PXG clubs! I used to love my driver the most, but I love my putter at the moment. The art of putting is mind-boggling, frustrating and so beautiful at the same time. 5. What is your biggest goal at the moment? My biggest goal is to play my best every single day and to rack up as many victories as possible. 6. Who’s someone you’d love to meet? Why? I really don’t know who I would like to meet. I’ve met plenty of celebrities that have been cool and those who have not. People are people at the end of the day, so I always love meeting kind people. It doesn’t matter their walk of life. 7. Who’s been the biggest influence in your career? My father, who introduced me to the game and taught me to be the player I am to this day, is without a doubt the biggest influence on my career. 8. What’s the strongest part of your game at the moment? At the moment I think my ball striking is the strongest part of my game. 9. What’s something you want to improve? I always think there’s a place to improve upon every part of one’s game, but the art of putting is the hardest to conquer in my opinion. You can putt well without making anything; you can putt poorly but have everything fall in the cup. It’s something I’m always striving to improve. 10. What’s the best part of being a professional golfer? There are so many wonderful parts of being a pro golfer! The ability to travel is amazing, because you can learn about many different cultures. But the best part is being able to say I do what I love, and I love what I do. How many people can actually say that? 11. What’s the worst part? I don’t think there’s a part of touring life that I would say is the “worst” because I’m so lucky to have the life I do. One thing that can sometimes get tiring is the mental wear and tear playing so many weeks in a row takes on you. But I’m lucky to be able to experience said mental wear! There are plenty of players that are still striving to get on tour, and I know that is tough. 12. What do you think about when someone mentions Australia? TIM TAMS! 13. You have one of the biggest personalities on Tour … How do you deal with being recognised in public? Do you enjoy it? I don’t know if I really get noticed in public. There are far more recognisable players on Tour. But I always try to have time for people that are obviously so golf nuts they can recognise me without my hat and outside of golf clothes! 14. Would you change anything you’ve done in your professional career? I’m very happy with my life right now, and I personally don’t live life in regrets. I wouldn’t change anything about my career because I wouldn’t be where and who I am otherwise. 15. Where do you think women’s golf is at right now? I think women’s golf is in such an exciting place right now! There are so many wonderful young women that are bringing the game to the masses, and there are countless amazing stories to read about. It’s definitely on the up, and hopefully will continue to soar! 16. Where would you like to see it? I would love to see a day when the men and women play for the same amount of money. Even though the men play a different game with regards to how far they hit it, I don’t see why there should be such a large disparity between what the men and women get paid. 17. What would you be doing if you weren’t a golfer? I get asked this question a lot. All I’ve ever wanted to do is play golf, so I don’t know what I would do otherwise! I love children and I love animals, so maybe something to help children in need, or an animal conservation effort. 18. How many hole-in-ones have you had in your life? I’ve had eight or nine, I can’t quite recall how many! But I can promise half of them were good shots, and several were quite lucky! I’ve hit many great shots in my life, and I don’t think aces are a great indicator of great play. 19. If you could play any other sport professionally, what would it be? I love American baseball, but I know I would be crap at it. I would love to think that with proper training and with my work effort, rugby would be an amazing sport to experience. I would like to think I’m tough and can give or take a hit, but those rugby players (men and female) are absolute savages and have all my respect! 20. Who was your golfing icon growing up? Growing up, I watched a lot of Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak, and Meg Mallon. I was also learning to love the game when the initial Tiger Woods explosion happened, and there’s no question he changed the game and made it more mainstream.