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C. Kim (69) changing approach to Solheim Cup bid

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SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Christina Kim left scoring at Sahalee Country Club with her left eye twitching.

Kim said she loved the course, but it’s a nerve-racking test that totally taxed her Thursday in a round of 2-under-par 69 at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

“This place has absolutely drained me,” Kim said. “I’m exhausted right now.”

Kim was tied for second when she left scoring.

“The greens are perfect,” Kim said. “The fairways are perfect, the rough is perfect and nasty. I can't rave about this place enough. It screams major, and it is first class.”

Kim, 32, is in excellent form in an early bid to win her fourth LPGA title, her first major, and to mount a run on to the next Solheim Cup team. Kim finished second at the Volvik Championship two weeks ago and fourth at the ShopRite Classic last week.

What’s behind Kim’s hot run? She said a back-to-basics boot camp with her father at year’s start is helping. So is her new “Happy Putter.”

Kim said work sessions with her father, Man, are always stimulating.

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“We’re explosive together, in the best possible way,” Kim said. “I am my father’s daughter.”

That means she’s as feisty as he is.

“We love to debate,” Kim said. “We both have big personalities, and it can be frustrating at times, but our weird mode of communication still works. I trust him implicitly.”

Kim began using Brain Storm Golf’s Happy Putter three months ago and loves what it’s doing for her game.

Two years ago, Kim was cautious when asked about making the U.S. Solheim Cup team a fourth time. She didn’t want to put too much emphasis on it, and she talked around it, saying her play would take care of things.

“That’s B.S.,” Kim said. “I’m actually putting out the word that I want to be on the Solheim Cup team.”