Christina Kim

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Christina Kim
— Golfer —
2009 LPGA Championship - Christina Kim (1).jpg
Personal information
Nickname Kookie, CK, The CK[citation needed]
Born (1984-03-15) March 15, 1984 (age 30)
San Jose, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Career
College De Anza Community College
Turned professional 2002
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2003)
LET (joined 2010)
Former tour(s) Futures Tour (joined 2002)
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 2
Ladies European Tour 1
Symetra Tour 1
Best results in LPGA major championships
Kraft Nabisco C'ship 7th: 2009
LPGA Championship T6: 2004
U.S. Women's Open T8: 2010
Women's British Open T3: 2009
The Evian Championship T31: 2013
Christina Kim
Hangul 김초롱
Hanja 金楚籠
Revised Romanization Gim Cho-rong
McCune–Reischauer Kim Ch'o'rong

Christina Kim (born March 15, 1984) is an American professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour and on the Ladies European Tour (LET). She is known for her animated style of play, flamboyant dress, and outgoing personality.

Kim competed in eight events in 2001 on the Futures Tour and made three cuts and a tied for second once. Shortly after her 18th birthday, Kim turned professional and competed on the 2002 Futures Tour for prize money. Kim missed just one cut in 18 starts with 12 top-ten finishes. She won her first event as a professional in August 2002 - the Hewlett-Packard Garden State FUTURES Summer Classic in a six-hole playoff over future LPGA Tour star Lorena Ochoa.[1] Kim was second to Ochoa on the money list and both earned LPGA Tour cards for 2003.

Kim won the 2004 Longs Drugs Challenge[2] and the 2005 Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions[3][4] and was a member of three U.S. Solheim Cup teams in 2005, 2009, and 2011. She was the youngest player to reach $1 million in earnings, which she achieved in 2004 at age 20. This record was broken the following year by Paula Creamer.

She joined the Ladies European Tour in 2010 and competed in six events, including two that were co-sanctioned with the LPGA. She earned her first win on the LET in 2011 at the Sicilian Italian Ladies Open.[5]

Kim's autobiography, Swinging from My Heels: Confessions of an LPGA Star, co-written with Alan Shipnuck was published in 2010.[6]

Professional wins (4)[edit]

LPGA Tour (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Sep 26, 2004 Longs Drugs Challenge 64-69-68-65=266 –18 1 stroke Australia Karrie Webb
2 Nov 13, 2005 The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions 67-67-72-67=273 –15 1 stroke Australia Rachel Hetherington

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2010 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic South Korea In-Kyung Kim, South Korea Na Yeon Choi
South Korea Song-Hee Kim
Choi won with birdie on second extra hole

Ladies European Tour (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Oct 9, 2011 Sicilian Ladies Italian Open –7 (70-69-70=209) 4 strokes Italy Giulia Sergas

Futures Tour (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Aug 4, 2002 Hewlett-Packard Garden State FUTURES Summer Classic 66-67-66=199 –14 Playoff Mexico Lorena Ochoa

Futures Tour playoff record (1-0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2002 Hewlett-Packard Garden State FUTURES Summer Classic Mexico Lorena Ochoa Won with birdie on sixth extra hole [1][7]

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP DNP T28 T8 T39 52 T24 CUT 7
LPGA Championship DNP DNP CUT T6 T33 T61 T56 CUT CUT
U.S. Women's Open T48 DNP T22 T37 CUT CUT CUT T53 T52
Women's British Open DNP DNP CUT T13 T28 T45 T58 T64 T3
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship CUT CUT T75 DNP T16
U.S. Women's Open T8 CUT CUT T31 DNP
Women's British Open T9 CUT DNP CUT T54
LPGA Championship T25 CUT CUT CUT CUT
The Evian Championship ^ T31

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

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 0 0 0 0 2 4 11 8
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 12 7
Women's British Open 0 0 1 1 2 3 11 8
LPGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 12 5
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 0 0 1 1 6 11 47 29
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2004 Kraft Nabisco – 2005 LPGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2001 1 1 0 0 0 0 T48 n/a 74.00
2003 28 18 0 0 0 2 T4 215,632 49 72.37 55
2004 31 25 1 1 0 6 1 636,290 15 71.22 19
2005 30 27 1 0 1 6 1 621,149 19 71.66 21
2006 29 26 0 0 0 3 T5 355,656 35 72.24 52
2007 29 26 0 2 0 7 2 626,075 23 72.18 26
2008 30 26 0 1 0 9 T2 678,598 27 71.85 32
2009 24 17 0 0 1 4 T3 344,055 38 72.29 49
2010 24 19 0 1 0 2 T2 436,050 26 72.17 38
2011 21 14 0 0 0 0 T13 149,275 58 72.86 56
2012 19 8 0 0 0 0 T49 38,384 110 74.02 111
2013 20 13 0 0 0 0 T11 126,535 76 73.07 100
  • Official as of November 24, 2013[8]

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

LET career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
()
Order of
Merit
2010 6 4 0 1 0 3 T2 108,461 16
2011 10 8 1 0 0 1 1 63,412 35

Futures Tour summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2001 8 3 0 1 3 T2 n/a 72.09
2002 18 17 1 3 2 12 1 53,460 2 71.47 2

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

Year Total
matches
Total
W-L-H
Singles
W-L-H
Foursomes
W-L-H
Fourballs
W-L-H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 10 6-2-2 3-0-0 2-1-1 1-1-1 7.0 70.0
2005 4 2-1-1 1-0-0 def L. Kreutz 5&4 1-0-1 halved w/ P. Hurst,
won w/ N. Gulbis 4&2
0-1-0 lost w/ P. Hurst 4&2 2.5 62.5
2009 4 3-1-0 1-0-0 def T. Elosegui 2 up 1-1-0 won w/ N. Gulbis 4&2,
lost w/N. Gulbis 5&4
1-0-0 won w/ M. Wie 5&4 3 75.0
2011 2 1-0-1 1-0-0 def M. Hjorth 4&2 0-0-0 0-0-1 halved w/ R. O'Toole 1.5 75.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "First-time winner tops the field at Knob Hill Golf Club". newstranscript.gmnews.com. 2002-08-07. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ UPI, Christina Kim gets first win on LPGA Tour 2004-09-26. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ Life magazine, Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions- Final Round 2005-11-13. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. ^ ESPN, Kim posts second career title, wins by a stroke 2005-11-13. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ LET, 2011 Ladies Italian Open Leaderboard. October 9, 2011.
  6. ^ amazon.com - Swinging from My Heels: Confessions of an LPGA Star
  7. ^ "Kim outduels Ochoa in New Jersey heat". ESPN.com. August 4, 2002. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Christina Kim results". LPGA. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 

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