Kim shakes jitters, sinks $2.2m putt
WITH the richest prize in women’s golf history riding on the outcome, Sei Young Kim delivered the ultimate money putt. Even if she didn’t even know the score.
Kim was tied for the lead going to the final hole yesterday at the Tour Championship. The nerves were obvious as she missed each of four straight putts from 12 feet or closer.
Moments later, the 26-yearold South Korean took her place in LPGA Tour history.
Kim made the putt of her life, a 25-footer for birdie that broke sharply to the right and into the cup for a 2-under 70, a one-shot victory over hardcharging Charley Hull and a $US1.5 million ($A2.2 million) payoff.
“It means a lot to me just knowing that I won the biggest purse in women’s golf history,” Kim said. “That itself is an incredible honour.”
Su Oh was the leading Australian at 13-under in a tie for sixth after she carded a 69.
Compatriots Katherine Kirk signed off with a 67 to be in a tie for 18 at 10-under; Australia’s No.1 Minjee Lee faded to 55th at 5-over, one shot clear of Hannah Green in a share of 56th.