Birdie Kim

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Birdie Kim
김주연
— Golfer —
2009 Women's British Open – Birdie Kim (3).jpg
Kim before 2009 Women's British Open
Personal information
Full name Birdie Kim
Born (1981-08-26) 26 August 1981 (age 32)
Iksan, South Korea
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality  South Korea
Spouse Bae Gyu Lee (m.2007)
Career
College Korea University
Turned professional 2000
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2004)
Former tour(s) Symetra Tour (2001–03, 2012)
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 1
Symetra Tour 3
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T45: 2006
LPGA Championship T25: 2007
U.S. Women's Open Won: 2005
Women's British Open CUT: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
The Evian Championship DNP

Birdie Kim (Korean 김주연) (born Ju-Yun Kim 26 August 1981, in Iksan) is a South Korean professional golfer. Her career highlight is winning the 2005 U.S. Women's Open at Cherry Hills Country Club. In the last round, she was tied for the lead on the 18th hole. Her second shot found a green-side bunker. She holed out from the bunker to take the lead and ultimately won by two strokes.

Kim won the 1998–99 Korea Junior Championship. She turned professional in November 2000 and joined the Futures Tour, which is the second-tier women's golf tour in the United States, in 2001. Her rookie season on the main LPGA Tour was 2004, and was not successful as she only made three cuts in 20 events, but she retained her tour card by finishing tied 12th at the Qualifying School. She did somewhat better in early 2005, and picked up her first top ten finish that May, but her victory at the U.S. Women's Open was totally unexpected.

She changed her first name to Birdie in 2004, in an effort to distinguish herself from the numerous other Korean golfers named Kim in the women's golf world in the minds of non-Koreans.[1] Kim is a common surname in Korea, especially on the LPGA Tour.

In 2005, Kim earned a total of $715,006 and came in 13th for LPGA season money position. She married fellow pro golfer Bae Kyu Lee in December 2007.

A 2009 car accident derailed Kim's career and she had trouble making cuts on the LPGA. In 2012, she played in 12 events on the Symetra Tour, finishing second on the money list.

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour wins[edit]

Futures Tour wins[edit]

  • 2001 Chumash Casino Futures Classic, Southwestern Bell Futures Classic
  • 2003 Bank of Ann Arbor Futures Classic

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
2005 U.S. Women's Open +3 (74-72-69-72=287) 2 strokes United States Brittany Lang, United States Morgan Pressel

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP DNP T45 CUT CUT CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Women's Open DNP 1 CUT T16 CUT CUT DNP CUT CUT CUT CUT
Women's British Open DNP CUT CUT CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
LPGA Championship CUT 41 T65 T25 CUT CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP
The Evian Championship ^ DNP

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

Summary[edit]

  • Starts – 25
  • Wins – 1
  • 2nd place finishes – 0
  • 3rd place finishes – 0
  • Top 3 finishes – 1
  • Top 5 finishes – 1
  • Top 10 finishes – 1
  • Top 25 finishes – 3
  • Missed cuts – 19
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (thrice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

References[edit]

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