A Lim Kim (KOR) scored the equal-best score of the weekend (67) to come back from five strokes behind to win the US Women’s Open of the USGA, an LPGA Tournament. Her final score was -3.
The Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas has presented very tough conditions and that was reflected on the very high scores throughout the weekend, hence why a -4 was the best any player could score. It also forced the postponement of yesterday’s final round to today due to storm.
A Lim Kim won her first LPGA Major with a good round. She had good putts-for-birdies on the 5 and 6. She then went back with two bogeys on the 10th and 11th. That meant that by the 15th she was on par and actually by then only Amy Olson (USA) was under par, two under.
But that would soon change with a big tee off straight to the green and a short putt for a 3-stroke birdie on the 16th that put her second. Two more birdies with tricky putts gave her the -3 and the provisional win.
Jin-Young Ko (KOR), the World’s #1 ranked player, finished right after also with a birdie on the 16th and 18th with a -3 today for a total of -2, just one stroke behind.
Hinako Shibuno (JPN), who started as the leader today, had a difficult day with four bogeys in the first eleven that put her on par (she had started -4) and she could have still been a contender but only managed to birdie the 13 and 18, and had a bogey in the 17 for a total score of -1.
That meant that only other player that could have won today was Amy Olson (USA), who was leading entering the back nine with three bogeys and two birdies but as the only player under par. In the end she kept it clean with just one bogey and a birdie and she tied with Ko in second.
The amateur players had a good showing throughout and the best of them was a Texan, Kaitlyn Papp (USA), who was T9 with Ariya Jutanugarn (THA), on +3.
The other top 10 players were: T5 Megan Kang (USA), +1, and T6 Inbee Park (KOR), Jeongeun Lee6 (KOR), and Moriya Jutanugarn (THA), +2.