LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year Grace Kim: “It’s tough on the LPGA Tour”
Australian expatriate Grace Kim (22, Korean name Si-Eun Kim) shaved three strokes off her score to move into a tie for 35th place (3-under par) on the moving day of the BMW Ladies Championship on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour.
The rookie of the year carded three birdies and no bogeys for a 3-under-par 213 in the third round at Seowon Hills (par-72, 6405 yards) in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, Korea, on Monday. After shooting even-par in the first two rounds, Kim played well in the wind today.
Afterward, he spoke in fluent Korean. “Today, I still didn’t adjust well, so I finished the game without trying.” He speaks Korean well because both his parents are Korean and he often speaks it at home. He started playing golf with his father (Kim Shin-hyung) at the age of 7, and it was a natural fit. This time, his father was with him at the tournament. 토스카지노 도메인
“I competed in the overseas Korean category at the 2019 National Championships, but this is my first time as a professional.” Grace, who enjoys Korean food, said it hasn’t been easy being on the LPGA Tour this year. “I used to live in Sydney and came to the U.S. two years ago and played the Epson Tour last year and the LPGA Tour this year, so it’s tough (to survive).”
She missed the cut in six of her first 18 starts this year. But she won the Lotte Championship in Hawaii in a playoff with South Korea’s Sung Yoo-jin and Lu Liu, earning her a two-year card. “My goal this year was to just keep my seeding, but I was so happy to win,” said Lee, who is also second on the Rookie of the Year list with 560 points, behind Hae-ran Hae (22). “But it’s a long way from first place.”
Grace Kim is playing on the LPGA Tour this year after making 15 cuts in 19 starts on the LPGA Tour’s secondary Epson Tour last year, finishing fifth on the money list. She loves Korean food, especially bulgogi, and hopes to bring back more good memories from her parents’ country.
He is ranked 72nd in the world and 29th in the CME Globe Rankings. “My ultimate dream as a golfer is to be a good influence on others, but my goal for this year is to finish the rest of the season well.” He has one 18-hole round left. Live coverage begins at 10 a.m. on JTBC Golf.