A Lim Kim told the LPGA on the 21st that she intends to take the card she earned by winning the US Women's Open, and will play on the LPGA in 2021.
Still in quarantine after returning to Korea, Kim said that she had always been intending to go to the LPGA at some point, and so, given the chance with this win, decided to challenge herself. She feels that the biggest transition will be to adapt to the new culture, but says that she will tackle each new problem as it comes with the help of her support system.
Great decision for A Lim, I think that she will do just fine on the LPGA Tour. Beside there aren't many bad penalties for wayward drives like the KLPGA. Gave herself a chance to see if she likes it, if not she can return to Korea. Rather than declining the opportunity and regretting it later.
Post by legitimategolf on Dec 22, 2020 15:58:22 GMT
They may not like the idea of yet another elite Korean player coming over but I consider this a net positive for Whan and company. Major championships regularly being won by non-members is not a great look, but it looks even worse when players turn their noses up at an LPGA card.
I'm surprised at the decision. But I think she will be comfortable enough. Koreans own this tour after all, and A Lim seems to be liked by her peers. How scary should it really be at this point for a KLPGA player to make the journey. It is a well-worn path by now.
It's interesting because, other than her win at the Open, she hasn't had a particularly outstanding career so far in Korea. Most of the ladies who come from the KLPGA are the real butt kickers, the creme-de-la-creme.
I liken her to Mirim Lee, who was a long hitting second tier star when she came over a few years ago. Lee has done decently, when she's healthy, because long hitting is so much more of a must-have on the LPGA than on the KLPGA. And if there's one thing A Lim can do, it's hit the ball a loooong way. So she'll probably have a good career over here as well.