With a string of near-misses on the majors and Olympic champion Park In-bee respiratory down her neck, it was a relieved Kim Sei-young who tapped within the successful putt to assert the KPMG Girls’s PGA Championship on Sunday. Kim’s triumph at Aronimink Golf Course after a scintillating ultimate spherical 63 put paid to her standing as essentially the most prolific winner on the LPGA Tour amongst energetic gamers by no means to have received a serious title.
“I’m so excited. I’m actually hiding my tears in the intervening time. It was superb that I actually received it. So I’m very joyful and excited that I received it executed,” the 27-year-old South Korean stated, beaming subsequent to the winner’s trophy. Seven-times main champion Park had overwhelmed Kim for the 2015 title at Westchester Nation Membership and was solely three strokes behind her compatriot going into the ultimate spherical.
A five-under spherical may get the job executed, she thought. Park duly delivered with a 65 nevertheless it was not sufficient as in a single day chief Kim rose to the problem together with her seven-under-par 63.
“Clearly Sei-young was simply a lot better than anybody else on the market at this time,” stated Park, who had been chasing a fourth win within the occasion. “It was simply so exhausting to consider that she by no means received a serious earlier than as a result of it felt like she received a couple of,” she stated of Kim, who has claimed at the very least one Tour win every season since 2015.
Kim, who was in a tie for second on the 2018 Evian Championship, one of many 5 girls’s majors, admitted to battling nerves earlier than teeing off on Sunday and saved her eyes averted from the leaderboard throughout her spherical. “I will not lie, I did really feel the strain beginning final evening,” she stated. “I truly arrived about half-hour later than I usually do on the golf course.
“I didn’t have a look at the scoreboard as soon as. I knew In-bee was going to play nice. However I needed to simply concentrate on enjoying my very own recreation, one shot at a time.”