NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Sei Younger Kim shot a 7-under 63 on Sunday to earn her first main title on the KPMG Ladies’s PGA Championship.
The 27-year-old South Korean completed at 14-under 266 at Aronimink Golf Course, profitable the most important that had eluded her to date in her profession. Kim had 10 wins getting into the event, which made her the winningest energetic participant with no main championship.
Her 63 was one of the best spherical of the event. She completed 5 photographs forward of runner-up Inbee Park, who shot a stable 65 on Sunday.
“Sei Younger was simply actually untouchable,” Park stated.
Kim, a 2016 Olympian, was runner-up on the 2015 KPMG Ladies’s PGA Championship and tied for second on the Evian Championship in 2018. Kim held the 54-hole lead at a serious as soon as, on the 2015 ANA Inspiration, the place she completed in a tie for fourth.
She sealed the championship with a spherical to recollect at Aronimink. Kim’s fifth birdie of the day on the par-3 14th gave her a 4-shot lead over Park and put her at 12 below for the championship.
She earned $645,000 for the victory. Kim has no less than one win in each LPGA Tour season since 2015.
“It was simply so arduous to imagine that she by no means received a serious earlier than as a result of it felt like she received just a few,” Park stated.
Nasa Hataoka and Carlota Ciganda tied for third at 7 below. Anna Nordqvist (4 below) and Brooke Henderson (3 below) each performed in Kim’s group and completed fifth and sixth.
Kim is the newest addition to a rising listing of first-time main winners lately, an indication of rising parity. Her victory means 9 of the previous 10 main champions had by no means received one earlier than. She joins Sophia Popov (Ladies’s British Open) and Mirim Lee (ANA Inspiration) as this 12 months’s main champions.
Kim dazzled at one other occasion with out the roar of the galleries — though Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry walked the course — and held off a hard-charging Park. Park had three birdies on the entrance 9 as she tried to match Mickey Wright with a file fourth win on the Ladies’s PGA Championship.
“I believed 65 will certainly do it,” Park stated. “I used to be pondering possibly like 5 to six below is an efficient quantity to form of put up and simply see what occurs. However clearly Sei Younger was simply significantly better than anybody else on the market in the present day.”
As she approached 18, the trophy sitting out close to the opening for her to see, just about everybody out at Aronimink lined the ropes. She bought an enormous ovation after her tap-in sealed the win.
With Paul Fusco on the bag, Kim matched a event file with a 29 on the entrance 9 on Friday and shot a 32 for the entrance 9 on Sunday.
Kim hit the putt of her life final November at Tiburon Golf Membership, a 25-foot birdie on the ultimate gap of the CME Group Tour Championship to win $1.5 million, the richest prize within the historical past of ladies’s golf.
The cash is much much less at Aronimink, however the status means a lot extra.
The event was delayed three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, touchdown its ultimate spherical smack on a packed sports activities Sunday. The PGA of America needed to get inventive with the tee instances as a consequence of tv programming commitments on the weekend and the leaders — together with Kim — teed off at 8:49 a.m.
Based in 1896, Aronimink has hosted quite a few vital golf occasions throughout its storied historical past, together with the 1962 PGA Championship received by Gary Participant. Aronimink’s golf course was designed by Donald Ross in 1926 and is off the most important schedule till the PGA Championship in 2026.