Kim keeps Inbee at bay to claim maiden major title

Wednesday, 14 Oct, 2020

One member of the gallery - in this instance, roughly 75 officials, photographers and course stragglers - even said "she made it". But during the time the Tour was paused, Kim played on the KLPGA Tour.

The former world number one shot a final round one-over 71 to finish the tournament at three-over and in a share of 18th place, 17 shots back from maiden major victor Sei Young Kim of South Korea. "I feel so emotional", Kim said in her post-championship press conference.

Henderson, whose lone major win came at the 2016 Women's PGA, reeled off five birdies in an 11-hole span from the second through the 12th in a bogey-free round to grab a share of second with a 65 after an opening 71.

Hataoka started the day six shots off the pace. She also had a birdie on No. 15, holing a long putt to go 7 under.

"Going into last week, I was not prepared, like I felt completely unprepared", she said.

"I'm feeling pretty good", Nordqvist said. "I did everything I could do". Kim beat the 72-hole tournament record low of 267 set by American Betsy King in 1992 at Bethesda (Maryland) Country Club.

"Sometimes, I'm shaking my head and my legs were shaking but I was able to keep my focus".

Carlota Ciganda of Spain, who shot 65 today, shared third place with Hataoka.

Kim's dominance was in plain sight. Then, by adding two more victories in her second year, she proved that there's no such thing as a second-year jinx.

Fox finished in a tie for 20th after shooting a respectable 2-under 70 on the final day of the prestigious European Tour's BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey. She never really slowed down. Throughout the final round, Park crept up on Kim and threatened her hold over Aronimink.

Park is a three-time victor of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and would tie Mickey Wright for the most in a career with a win. Park won the Women's PGA Championship in 2015 and Kim was in the first group of people on the course to celebrate with her. While Kim maintained a two-shot lead, she further extended that with back-to-back birdies on the par-4 13th and par-3 14th.

Having finished in a tie for second at the 2018 Evian Championship and claiming an outright runner-up place at the 2015 edition of the Women's PGA Championship, she could be forgiven for having butterflies in her stomach.

"It's frustrating that I haven't won a major yet", she said.

Sei Young Kim ignored the manually operated leaderboards dotted around Aronimink as she started to rally her way into contention.

It is the first title of the season for Kim, whose last success was in the CME Group Tour Championship nearly 12 months ago.

"Sometimes it's hard to believe that I'm a major champion", Henderson said.

CARY, N.C.: Ernie Els birdied the final two holes, running in a 40-footer in the rain on the last, for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Colin Montgomerie in the SAS Championship.

This season, both Germany's Sophia Popov and South Korea's Mirim Lee found first-time major wins at the British Open and the ANA Inspiration, respectively. A tournament win is worth 30 points, and points are doubled at major championships.

As she approached 18, the trophy sitting out near the hole for her to see, pretty much everyone out at Aronimink lined the ropes.