Youngin Chun needs to do better in these qualifiers. She needs to get in as many tournaments possible. Also play really good in the few tournaments she get in. Other wise back to Q-Series. Or play in Symetra Tour events to try to earn her card that way. I can't imagine with her talent that she will not have a better priority next year.
ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage for wrestling Gabi Ruffels from the Green Jackets. U.S. Women's Open at Champions Golf Course in Houston for playing a tough course in the heat and humidity with Lee6 as defending champ. BMW Ladies Championship at LPGA International Busan in Korea because Korea needs an LPGA Major. TOTO Japan Classic at Taiheiyo club (Minori) in Ibaraki, Japan for Shibuno Mania.
I didn't hear about this - a Google-mushed article says Yui Kawamoto was docked approx. ¥5,500 for slow play at Gainbridge. She'll be more organized this week with BML's ex-super looper, Shigenori Shimuzu.
American Christina Kim enjoys a laugh with caddie/boyfriend Duncan French today at 13th Beach. Photo: Paul Shire
Kim feels at home Down Under 05 Feb 2020 by Rod Morri @ 13th Beach
“I can’t promise,” says popular American Christina Kim of her chances of hoisting the trophy at this week’s ISPS Handa Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links on the Bellarine Peninsula. “But there’s no reason I can’t. I feel good and I feel ready.”
Kim has been a regular visitor to these shores in recent years and has made no secret of her love for both Australia and the courses which host our big events each year.
Alongside long time New Zealand boyfriend and caddie for the week Duncan French, it would be fair to say the pair look forward to this week at least as much as any on the LPGA schedule.
“I love playing golf here in Australia because it heralds back to a time when I was a youngster growing up,” Kim says ahead of Thursday’s opening round.
“I used to play around with all sorts of trajectories and spin around the greens and you can do that here much more than we see week to week in America.
“Because of the nature of the courses and the options around the greens you have the ability to use the ground so much more.
“You can use almost any club from any distance and you use your entire golf bag. There is something just remarkable about that.”
Kim has a good and growing appreciation for course architecture thanks to French and good friend and course architect Mike Clayton.
“The game is so much more interesting – at least to me – when it requires both imagination and execution,” she says.
“There is obviously great skill required to play a more aerial form of the game where you control the yardage you fly the ball and it stops where it lands.
“But the excitement of having to land the ball several paces from where you want it to end up and judging how the ground will make it move….it’s just more entertaining I think.
“In an age of 460cc drivers and balls that don’t spin, just the opportunity to use those is fantastic.”
Kim lost full playing status in 2019 after a year of what she describes as ‘golf doo-doo’ but says she has been working hard in the off season and is happy with where her game is.
A change in eating habits has seen her lose a significant amount of weight though she says it wasn’t a goal when she started on a Keto diet.
“I never went in with the thought process of ‘let me see how much weight can I lose’, it was just a happy by-product,” she said.
“For me it was just a case of ‘let’s get these shackles that sugar has put on me and get rid of them’ and I’ve done that.
“I don’t have sugar cravings anymore and even an under ripe strawberry is too sweet for my taste buds now.”
In terms of her golf Kim says she is pleased she ‘didn’t leave her golf swing in Florida’.
“It made the trip with me, which is great,” she says with a laugh. “I love these golf courses here and next week’s course at Royal Adelaide as well so I’m super keen and excited to get going,” she said.
“And with Duncan caddying for me for the two weeks – which he doesn’t do very often – I just feel like we’re both in a really good place so we’ll tee it up and see what happens.”
Kim tees off Thursday at 12.20pm on the first tee of the Creek course alongside Julieta Granada and Jennifer Chang.
Great to see that So Yeon Ryu paired with Jeongeun Lee6 and Hannah Greene. With Greene part of the pairing, they will get some broadcast time,maybe.
Hannah Green won 2019 Australian Outstanding Woman in Sports award; she's the currently Australia's biggest female athlete.
If anything; this's THE FEATURED GROUP of the entire pairing.
It's an Australian broadcast, Golf Channel doesn't have anything to do with it.
Interesting... I remember in 2018 (?) when some Australian organization named the top women athletes in Australia and they left out then-world-#2 Minjee Lee. That is, she wasn't even on the list, which included bicyclists, canoe paddlers (?), and other obscure sports. I'm glad they celebrated Greene, but where was the love for Minjee?
As a professional she has already won five times on the LPGA Tour, but when she was left off a comprehensive list of Australia’s top sports women last year, her coach Ritchie Smith was gobsmacked. “It really gives me the ‘irrits’,’’ said Smith, who has coached Lee since she was 12. “This is a truly international sport, not cricket or footy.”
I sure hope it's not because of this:
Or is it the awful notion that people don't realise that she's an Australian, despite being born in Perth and representing her country at various levels right up to the 2016 Olympic Games?
Lee declined the fairly common Asian notion of anglicising her first name for western consumption, saying it reflected her heritage.
“My grandpa gave me that name, so we decided to keep it,” she said this week. “It comes back to my roots. I’m Australian, but my parentage is Korean, so it’s nice to have some part of that, even through my name.’’