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.

Fearless?

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.
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Watch: Highlights from Tiger's first round at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 20, 2018, 8:30 pm

Tiger Woods is back at the season-ending Tour Championship for the first time since 2013, and he provided the fans in Atlanta with some highlights on the first day of competition.

Still looking for his first win of the year after coming close on numerous occasions, Woods started the day off by splitting the fairway on the first hole with the driver, not even bothering to watch his ball land.

Despite the picture-perfect opening tee shot, Woods would go on to bogey the first hole, but he rebounded with back-to-back birdies on 5 and 6, making putts from 26 and 15 feet.

Tiger's best shot on the front nine came on the par-4 seventh hole after he found the pine straw behind a tree with his drive. The 14-time major champ punched one under the tree limbs and onto the green, then calmly two-putted for par from about 40 feet en route to a front-side 1-under 34.

Woods added two more birdies on the par-4 12th and 14th holes, rolling in putts of 3 feet and 7 feet after a couple of great looking approach shots.

Woods finished his round with a vintage eagle on the par-5 18th hole, finding the green with a 5-wood from 256 yards out and then sinking the 28-foot putt.

The eagle at the last gave Woods a share of the early first-round lead with Rickie Fowler at 5-under 65.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 20, 2018, 8:20 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.


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Garcia (66) peaking for Ryder Cup?

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 20, 2018, 6:17 pm

Sergio Garcia might be finding his form just in time to terrorize the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Garcia made seven birdies during an opening round of 5-under 66 to sit just two shots off the early lead at the European Tour’s Portugal Masters.

It was Garcia’s fifth consecutive round of par or better, a stretch that includes rounds of 66-65-67-70-66. That solid play at the Wyndham Championship wasn’t enough to extend his PGA Tour season – he didn’t qualify for the FedExCup playoffs – but the Spaniard is starting to round into form with the Ryder Cup on deck.


Full-field scores from the Portugal Masters


A few weeks ago he was a controversial selection by European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn. After missing the cut in all four majors, Garcia could have been left at home in favor of such players as Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matt Wallace (a three-time winner this season who, once again, is at the top of the leaderboard in Portugal), Matt Fitzpatrick or Thomas Pieters. But Bjorn tabbed Garcia, noting his Ryder Cup experience, his sterling foursomes record and his influence in the team room. If Phil Mickelson is the U.S. player under the most pressure to perform in Paris, all eyes will be on Garcia next week – especially since it could be one of his final opportunities to wear a European uniform, as he’ll be 40 for the 2020 matches.

Garcia’s 66 matched his lowest opening round of the year and puts him in position to secure just his second top-10 since March.

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Watch: 100mph storm destroys tent at St. Andrews

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 20, 2018, 4:25 pm

The Old Course at St. Andrews has endured all sorts of wacky weather over the years, but things ratcheted up a notch this week with the arrival of Storm Ali.

The first named storm of the season struck Wednesday, bringing 100 mph gusts, killing two people and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power in parts of Ireland, Scotland and England.

According to the Courier no one was injured in the St. Andrews area, but a video posted from the home of golf shows just how powerful the storm was as wind absolutely destroyed one of the hospitality tents set up in advance of the Dunhill Links Championship:

While plenty of clean-up is sure to be needed, officials say the Dunhill Links, which also be conducted at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, will go on as scheduled October 4-7.