I.K. Kim continues stellar play at U.S. Open
Saturday, July 9, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – I.K. Kim’s alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. Saturday. She returned for the 7 a.m. restart and finished Round 2 in 2-under 69, good for a 3 under total and the clubhouse lead. The 66th U.S. Women’s Open is starting to feel like a bad run-on sentence. What day is it? What round are we on?
“It doesn’t feel like it’s Saturday,” Kim said. “I don’t know, really.”
Kim’s U.S. Women’s Open record as a professional is impressive. After a T-61 in 2007, Kim finished T-3, T-3, 4th in the last three years. She has three LPGA victories in 4 1/2 years on tour, and finished T-10 and T-12 in the first two majors of 2011.
Kim first made a splash on the USGA scene in 2005, when she won the U.S. Girls’ Junior in Idaho, defeating 2008 U.S. Women’s Open champ Inbee Park in the final match five months after moving to the U.S. to attend the International Junior Golf Academy.
“The USGA makes it really tough on all of us,” Kim said, laughing. She planned to take a power nap and play on her new iPad before starting the third round this afternoon.
Kim’s incredibly generous act of donating her entire winner’s check from last year’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational, half to Ochoa’s foundation, received far too little press. She has worked diligently on her English, making a strong effort to connect with American fans and media.
When Kim won the Girls’ Junior six years ago, she struggled mightily in the interview room, but won over reporters with an infectious smile and her own rendition of rapper 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop.” She has come along way since the days MTV served as her English tutor.