PITTSFORD, N.Y. – I.K. Kim is making her first start in a major since she lost the Kraft Nabisco Championship in agonizing fashion two months ago.
Kim, who needed only to make a 1-foot putt at the 72nd hole to win at Mission Hills, won’t be at full strength starting the Wegmans LPGA Championship Thursday, but it has nothing to do with any lingering ache in her heart after missing that putt.
Kim is nursing soreness in her left wrist. She hurt it practicing too much the week after the Kraft Nabisco. She played Wednesday’s Wegmans pro-am with the wrist wrapped. She also is struggling with a pinched nerve in her back. She tied for 25th at the Shoprite Classic last week in her first start since Kraft Nabisco.
As far as Kim’s heart goes, she says it’s fine.
“I want to learn from what happened,” Kim said of Kraft Nabisco. “It was a very valuable lesson. The game makes you humble, and I just want to appreciate all the opportunities it has given me and will give me in the future.”
That Kim’s heart is just fine can be attested to by the many people who have benefitted from her kindness since Mission Hills. Kim was named last week as the ambassador of golf for the Special Olympics. In the ceremony, she donated a check for $102,300 to the Special Olympics cause. After winning the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in 2010, she donated her entire first-place check to charity. Half of that first-place check went to Ochoa’s foundation, the rest to Special Olympics in last week's donation.