Kim shakes jit­ters, sinks $2.2m putt

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

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.

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