A Quick Round with Christina Kim

By Randall MellApril 22, 2010, 5:33 pm
It shouldn’t have shocked anyone that Christina Kim was among the LPGA pros who posed nearly nude last year for that tasteful but still revealing photo shoot in ESPN The Magazine’s much-hyped “The Bodies Issue.”

Kim bares her soul to the world every day.

She fearlessly opens herself up knowing not everyone will like what they see or hear, but she takes solace in knowing she’s well loved by her legion of followers.

A two-time LPGA winner, Kim can take the veil off the game with more good humor than any player on tour. While she’ll tell you she never intended her new book, Swinging From My Heels, to be a controversial tell-all like Jim Bouton’s Ball Four was 40 years ago, she hopes it gives readers a refreshing insight into tour life.

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Christina Kim, 26, was surprised to see Ochoa retire before 2012 or 2013. (Getty Images)
In a Quick Round, Kim weighs in on Lorena Ochoa’s imminent announcement that she plans to step away from golf and on what Kim hopes readers will appreciate in her new book.

The news about Lorena Ochoa didn’t make your jaw drop, did it?

My immediate reaction was, `I told you so.’ In my book I said Lorena’s going to be very much like Halley’s Comet, where you are only to get a glimpse of her for a few moments in a lifetime so you better hop on the wagon and take a look while you can, but I had no idea it would be so soon. I thought she would play until 2012 or 2013. Obviously, since she got married her priorities have changed and plans for her life have changed.

Does anyone have anything bad to say about her?

She’s going to be canonized one of these days. She is one of the most giving people in the world. She does so much for her foundation. She’s so selfless, and she’s working to change an entire country. I think you’re going to see a lot happening with her foundation. I think she’s going to make some huge changes. Even though she’s been so impactful changing people’s lives, this is just step one for her.

Ochoa’s only 28. Can you believe she’s really walking away in the prime of her career?

It is a little difficult to comprehend, partially because I’m nowhere near that point in my career. I can’t even fathom that notion. I know her management team is saying it’s a kind of “See you later kind of thing . . . Never say ever.” For a woman, it’s not necessarily as difficult to understand, because women in the work force will take a leave of absence if they decide to have children.

Family is so important to Lorena. She’s always been part of a large family. They could be the Mexican version of the Brady Bunch, with the love and the happiness among all of them.

Does it give you pause to think about your life, your desire to be a mother and have a family?

Without a doubt, someday I would like to have a family. If I end up adopting, I end up adopting. If I end up having quintuplets, I’ll have quintuplets. I have no idea. I don’t think anyone in this world is ready to take on a little Christina.

Right now, I’m happier than I’ve ever been. It is kind interesting because Lorena and I joined the tour at the same time. We were both on the Futures Tour in 2002, were on the LPGA Tour in 2003 and she’s retiring and I feel like my career is just starting. Everyone has a different perspective. I have my family, my parents and siblings.

What will people get from your new book?

The book isn’t this, `Oh my God, she said this and she said that.’ It’s truly the story of a young woman’s journey into a world of elite athletes who are also very human. I talk about love, I talk about friendship, I talk about dancing on tables in New York City. A lot of it has helped me be more fearless with my life.


In writing it, in reading it. You know what? Be who you are, be true to yourself and don’t let anybody or anything hold you back. If you want to be conservative, more power to you. If you want to be wild and crazy and dance on tables all night long with me, more power to you. One of the underlying lessons in that is that people will have to filter through some of the four-letter words in there.

Any stories you almost cut out?

After I got the approval for the final cut, I wanted to change every word, change everyone’s name and have it under aliases. But it goes with the fearlessness, and thinking, `You know what? This is me and people that don’t want to read about me can stop or get their money back from the book.’

Anybody call to cuss you out for including a particular story?

No one, so far, has said anything negative yet, with yet being the operative word. I don’t have any time for negativity. I really don’t. I’m very fortunate to have the life I lead. Why not focus on the positives.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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