Finally over her infamous miss, Kim taking flight

By Randall MellAugust 5, 2017, 8:32 pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – The gasps echoed beyond Mission Hills and through golf’s history of tortured finishes.

If you were there five years ago, you can still almost hear them.

If you were there, you can still see In-Kyung Kim covering her mouth in stunned disbelief after missing that 14-inch putt that would have won her the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

It was more painful to watch than Scott Hoch’s short miss when he lost the Masters to Nick Faldo in 1989, shorter than Doug Sanders’ miss when he lost the British Open to Jack Nicklaus in ’70 and shorter than Sam Snead’s miss that would have won his first and only U.S. Open in ’47.

It was the shortest miss that would have won a major in the history of the game.

You knew the failure would follow her everywhere she went, making any future journey at a second chance to win a major so much harder.

But now here she is.

And, wow, is she making this Ricoh Women’s British Open look easy.

With a 6-under-par 66 Saturday, Kim shot to the top of the leaderboard at Kingsbarns Golf Links. At 17-under 199, she set the record for lowest score through 54 holes of this championship since it became a major in 2001. She’s six shots ahead of England’s Georgia Hall (70) and Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn (67). She’s just two shots from equaling Karen Stupples’ 19-under record as a Women’s British Open champion.

After Saturday’s round, Kim didn’t dance around the shadow that follows her. She didn’t deny the scar. She talked about how she had to learn to stop beating herself up over it in order to move on with her golf life.

There was elegance in the way she explained it.

“I think I'm finally able to let go of that, like the title, not having won a major,” Kim said. “I think that's why that I'm playing so well.

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“I think I was quite disappointed at myself after 2012, when I made the mistake. Everybody makes mistakes, but I think it was nobody else's problem. It was my problem. I really criticized myself a lot, and it's not very healthy. So if you have any problems, just let it go.”

Kim said she got a lot of help from coaches who confront demons like that, from Vision54s Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, from former Olympic gold medalist sharp shooter Lanny Bassham and from NASA specialist Mathew Park.

“All I have to say, it's been quite tough, but I started to work on myself, not only on the golf course, but off the golf course,” Kim said. “Just be nice to myself, and able to have some kind of compassion and gentleness with myself. I think it's really helping me to play better.”

Kim lost that 2012 Kraft Nabisco in a playoff to Sung Young Yoo after missing the 14-inch putt that would have won her first major. She slowly slipped from No. 5 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings to a low of No. 76 late last summer, but she never completely lost her game. She just seemed to lose the edge that got her in contention so often.

Through these last 10 months, Kim has never looked better. She won the Reignwood Classic last fall, her first victory since the Kraft Nabisco loss. And she has won twice this season, giving her six career LPGA titles. She has climbed to No. 21 in the world now.

Kim, 29, says she meditates and has more peace of mind in dealing with the cruelties of this game. She says she has learned to enjoy the game again.

“If I love myself, I will let it go,” she said of the disappointments. “I will live today as fully as I could. Because, some things happen, and it's not in my control, but I can control my state of mind right now. I can be positive now, and that's what I'm doing. Just one day at a time.”

If she closes out Sunday, Kim will script a nice tale of resolve and resilience.

No matter what happens, though, she’s ready to accept it.

“I know the expectation, and I will make bogeys, yeah, and things like that,” Kim said. “But I feel like I think I should give myself a little bit of credit, and enjoy tonight, and then whatever happens tomorrow, I'll take it tomorrow.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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