LPGA.com counts down to the end of 2012 with the LPGA Tour's 12 top stories of the year. Join us as we look back at the year's most memorable milestones. Read about I.K. Kim in Story No. 4.
It could be arguably one of the most shocking moments of the 2012 season, as well as one of the most devastating. The missed one-foot putt by I.K. Kim on the 72nd hole of the Kraft Nabisco Championship looked like it would be a blunder that could hold a dark cloud over the South Korean’s blossoming career. But it turned out to be an opportunity for the three-time LPGA winner to display the grace and class she is well-known for around the Tour.There is a thoughtful and inquisitive side to Kim that’s not immediately noticed at first glance. Sit down for one conversation with the soft-spoken Kim and it’s her contagious smile and sincere demeanor which leave a lasting impression.
That’s why it came as no surprise that Kim handled what happened at Kraft with the same grace and open honesty that she’s shown throughout her career. The sixth-year Tour pro stayed for an hour and a half after she lost out on her first major championship to tend to media requests and interviews.
“I think sometimes we think about our work really too much,” Kim said. “We only live once and I want to enjoy my life. It’s a miracle. Golf is what I do, not who I am.”
While the putt has provided Kim with the biggest spotlight of her career, she wasn’t averse to having a little fun with her misfortune. She filmed short piece for Golf Channel on the many ways that she could make a one-foot putt, from sinking it with a wedge to drilling the putt from between her legs. It was one of the many ways she showed that while everyone else was worried as to how she’d react to that missed putt, she wasn’t going to let it consume her.