Posted: April 23, 2015 3:05 pm
To the list of familiar names vying for best female golfer in the world, welcome 22 year-old Korean Sei Young Kim.
Kim is the LPGA Tour’s leading money winner after beating Imbee Park in a playoff for last week’s LOTTE championship in Hawaii in the most insane fashion imaginable.
Kim was tied for the lead with Park headed to the 72nd hole Sunday, where she drove in the water and eventually chipped in for a par to force the playoff. In the playoff, also on the 18th, she holed a 154-yard 8-iron for an eagle.
“I don’t know what I’ve done again to deserve this, but I feel like every time I win a tournament I have to do something crazy or overcome some type of obstacles. I don’t know why it keeps happening, but it feels good.”
Kim played the Korean tour in 2013 and 2014, and qualified for the LPGA Tour by finishing nineh in the qualfying school in December. She won her first LPGA title in her second start as a tour member at the Pure Silk-Bahamas in February.
Ko, world No. 2 Park, Kim and most of the usual suspects – Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome, et al – are in the field for this week’s Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced in San Francisco.