Grant talked about the pronunciation issue on Twitter:
First of all, let's make it clear. No matter what she might or might not have said, the correct pronunciation is 'Ah'. (his story seems fishy anyways; I doubt he asked her if it was pronounced 'Ah', since that isn't an obvious option for that spelling). No one in Korea calls her 'ay lim'.
Remember Sung Ah Yim or Young-A Yang? Two LPGA golfers from a decade ago? Both have the same sound in their second syllable as A Lim has in her first. And Korean doesn't have multiple different sounds for the same vowel like English.
However, if she really said pronounce it like 'A', then I'm cool with that. Koreans get to choose how their names should be pronounced in the Western world. Would have been nice to mention that at some point in the broadcast.
Reminds me of the kerfuffle with Figure Skating Queen Yuna Kim. They started spelling her name that way in English, and so everyone pronounces it Yoo-na. But it's really 'Yeon-Ah' (her first syllable is like that of So Yeon Ryu). There is actually a name 'Yuna' in Korean, but it's spelled differently.
Apparently they are giving A Lim just *one week* to decide if she wants to play on the LPGA in 2021, mainly because this event happened so much later than it usually does.
Personally, I think they should give her an option to play in 2022, because getting out of sponsor and KLPGA tour commitments in one week is not an easy thing to do.
They really don't care about the hardship that a quick decision is on the Golfer. If they did because of the culture difference and language they would be given more time. The rule is strictly for the Asian golfers, because it present little hardship for European Golfers.
Commissioner keeps calling it a Global Tour just for the Sponsors money. If he did he would not have changed the Q-School and would give them more time to make a decision.
A Lim Kim interviewed, from quarantine, by SBS Golf. In Korean, natch. Her first post-win press?
PS - at :24 or so the interviewer says her name, and no 'ay' sound anywhere. Here it sounds more like 'Kim ah Rim sonsoo' (sonsoo = athlete). In Korean, the R and L are the same letter, and so sounds more like R in some cases, more like L in others.