A Lim Kim Overcomes Five-Shot Deficit to Win US Women's Open
Kim A Lim overcame a five-shot deficit to win the weather-delayed U.S. Women's Open and then said that she loves the Champions Golf Club in Houston so much that she wants to put up a tent and stay a few more days. With two weeks quarantine awaiting her back in South Korea it is no surprise she is reluctant to leave Texas.
Kim, making her debut in the tournament secured her first major title with a one-shot victory, tying the record for the biggest comeback in the tournament's history. The 25-year-old's victory continued her country's domination of the tournament in recent years, with nine of the last 13 U.S. Women's Opens being won by a South Korean golfer.
Kim said it took her some time to adjust to the different conditions at the course. "Back home there's no Bermuda grass, so it took some time for me to get used to it," said Kim, who birdied her final three holes to sign for a final-round 67. "But I love this golf course, love this environment. I even said earlier I want to actually put a tent up here and stay a few more days."
With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on this year's schedule, Kim wore a mask during the tournament. "Every time I practice I usually wear a mask, so I'm kind of used to it," she said. "I'm okay to get positive tests for COVID-19 but I don't want to affect other people, players, a caddie that's playing within the group, so that's the reason I wear the mask throughout the round."
Kim said the victory, just her third as a professional, was yet to sink in. "Still can't really soak in that I'm the champion, it's so overwhelming just winning this tournament," she added.
It was an emotional weekend for Amy Olson, of America, who finished second after discovering that her father-in-law had passed away on Saturday.
"Obviously I have super mixed emotions," said Olson afterwards. "You know, it was a long day yesterday not being able to play, but I did get some good rest. Coming out this morning I had no idea what to expect. It was just one of those things where I felt very weak and helpless the last couple days, and probably the same today on the golf course."
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