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5’3”...Started playing golf at the age of 9...Credits her parents and Tiger Woods as the individuals most influencing her career...Hobbies include reading and listening to music…Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt.
2012 in a Nutshell
- 21 events, 17 cuts made, $561,302 (26)
- 5 top-10 finishes including second at the Kraft Nabisco Championship
- Fourth on Tour in Greens in Regulation Putting Average
- Battled a left wrist injury that forced her to withdraw from the LOTTE Championship and miss time in May
- Crossed the $5 million mark in career earnings in October
In 2011, finished tied for third at the Evian Masters; tied for 10th at the US Women's Open; tied for third at the Honda LPGA Thailand and Kia Classic; seventh at the HSBC Women's Champions; tied for seventh at the ShopRite LPGA Classic; tied for 10th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship; tied for 12th at the Wegmans LPGA Championship; tied for 15th at the LPGA State Farm Classic and tied for 17th at the Sybase Match Play Championship.
In 2010, recorded her third-career LPGA victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational by Banamex and Corona Light; announced that she would donate her entire $225,000 first-place check to charity -- half to the Lorena Ochoa Foundation and half to an American charity to-be-named; tied for third at the RICOH Women's British Open and the LPGA Tour Championship; finished fourth at the Tres Marias Championship and U.S. Women's Open; tied for fifth at the LPGA Championship Presented by Wegmans and P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart; finished sixth at the CN Canadian Women's Open; tied for sixth at the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola; tied for eighth at the LPGA Hana Bank Championship Presented by SK telecom; tied for 11th at the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand; tied for seventh at the HSBC Women's Champions; tied for 21st at the LPGA State Farm Classic; tied for 23rd at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and tied for 43rd at the Evian Masters Presented by Société Générale.
In 2009, won the LPGA State Farm Classic, her second LPGA victory of her career; carded a career-low in the second round of the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, where she finished runner-up; finished in third at both the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International Presented by Mirassou Winery and the U.S. Women's Open; tied for fifth at the Sybase Classic Presented by ShopRite; crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings at the Wegmans LPGA, where she tied for 10th; won the Dubai Ladies Masters, the season-ending event on the Ladies European Tour (LET).
In 2008, became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the Longs Drugs Challenge, where she crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings; recorded six additional top-10 finishes, including a tie for third at the U.S. Women's Open; carded a season-low 65 in the first round of the Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA.
In 2007, recorded four top-10 finishes, including a season-best second at the Wegmans LPGA after losing a two-hole, sudden-death playoff to Lorena Ochoa; recorded her first LPGA career hole-in-one in the third round of the MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta Presented by Televisa Deportes; carded a season-low 65 in the third round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, where she posted seven consecutive sub pars en route to a Tour season-low (par-34) 7-under-par 27 nine-hole score.
In 2006, as an amateur, earned co-medalist honors at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 2007 LPGA season; turned professional immediately following the final round.
Kim enjoyed a successful amateur career. She was a member of the Korean National Team in 2003 and 2004. She won three tournaments on the International Junior Golf Tour and also competed on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) circuit, where she won the 2005 Hargray Junior Classic. Kim was the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior Champion and the medalist in the stroke-play portion of the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Kim also earned medalist honors at the Duramed FUTURES Tour 2007 Qualifying Tournament.