Hyo Joo Kim didn’t know she won the Evian Championship Sunday until a man who makes underwear for Victoria’s Secret told her so on the 18th green.
It’s a long story, but here you go . . .
When Kim buried a clutch 12-foot birdie at the 18th green, fans watching on television knew Karrie Webb had to make a 10-foot par putt to force a playoff.
When Webb missed, viewers around the world knew Kim won.
Kim, though, didn’t know.
“I don't think she was aware of the real situation of the scores,” Gordon Rowan, Kim’s caddie, told reporters in France afterward.
Kim looked surprised on the 18th green when Rowan approached her after Webb’s miss.
This is how Rowan recounted their exchange:
Rowan: “You’ve won.”
Kim: “No, no I haven’t.”
Rowan: “Yes, you have.”
Rowan: “I don’t think she was really looking at leaderboards.”
Rowan was a bit surprised to be standing with the winner himself. A former Ladies European Tour caddie, he gave up caddying at the end of last year to get a “real job.” He moved to China and became a senior manager for Crystal Martin, a company that makes underwear for Victoria’s Secret.
“Somebody has to do it,” Rowan cracked.
Rowan, a Scotsman who lived in France, caddied for Kim two years ago when she played Evian as an amateur. He said he took vacation time to come back and caddie this year after he got a call asking if he would tote her bag again.