Professional

2001 Highlights

Finished second three times: lost to Annika Sorenstam in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff at The Office Depot Hosted by Amy Alcott; lost to Rosie Jones in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff at the Kathy Ireland Championship Honoring Harvey Penick; and the Weetabix Women's British Open, where she placed behind Se Ri Pak to mark the first time Koreans have finished one-two in an LPGA major championship.

Recorded the second hole-in-one of her career at the First Union Betsy King Classic, where she finished fifth.

Posted a career-low 62 (-9) during the final round of the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic Presented by ALLTEL, setting a record for the lowest final-round score in LPGA history.

Ranked first on Tour in birdies with 375.

Crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings after the Weetabix Women's British Open.

2001 Stats (rank)

Rds under par: 61/103 (6) Rds in the 60s: 34/103 (9) Birdies: 375 (1)

Eagles: 3 (63) Greens in reg: 68.7% (25) Driving accuracy: 75.6% (28)

Sand saves: 52% (7) Putting avg: 29.23 (4) Driving avg: 240.60 (103)

Career Highlights

In 2000, defeated Jeong Jang on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Safeway LPGA Golf Championship to claim her first playoff victory; the very next week, lost in a sudden-death playoff to Lorie Kane at the New Albany Golf Classic; crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings; won two events on the Korean LPGA Tour.

In 1999, was named Rolex Rookie of the Year on the strength of two wins and 12 total top-10 finishes; became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the State Farm Rail Classic, then won again a month later at the First Union Betsy King Classic; recorded her first LPGA hole-in-one during the third round of the du Maurier Classic.

In 1998, tied for 12th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to gain exempt status for the 1999 Tour season.

From 1996-1997, competed on the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) where she won nine times.

In 1996, turned professional.

Amateur

Kim recorded 15 victories in Korea, five while attending Yongin University.

Personal

5'1", black hair, brown eyes...Started playing golf at the age of 11...Credits her father as the individual most influencing her career...Hobbies include shopping, playing pool and playing the piano...Qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt.

LPGA Victories, Awards, Etc.

LPGA Victories (3): 1999 State Farm Rail Classic, First Union Betsy King Classic. 2000 Safeway LPGA Golf Championship.

LPGA Awards (1): 1999 Rolex Rookie of the Year.

Major Championship History

The U.S. Women's Open became an LPGA major in 1950; the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by AIG became a major in 1955; the Kraft Nabisco Championship became a major in 1983; and the Weetabix Women's British Open became a major championship in 2001. From 1979-2000 the LPGA's fourth major was the du Maurier Classic. The Weetabix Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic in 2001. (KNC, Kraft Nabisco Championship; LPGA, McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by AIG; OPEN, U.S. Women's Open; WB, Weetabix Women's British Open; DM, du Maurier Classic)

 


Courtesy LPGA, http://www.LPGA.com.

   


Born: 1/13/77 Inchon, Korea

Residence: Seoul, Korea

Rookie year: 1999

Status: Exempt

Career victories (last): 3 (2000)

Career-low round: 62

Career earnings (rank): $2,172,329 (45)

LPGA career holes-in-one: 2

Playoff record: 1-3

Education: Yongin University

International victories: 11

 

 

 

 

 




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