Kim In-kyung continued South Korean dominance over the ladies golf scene on Sunday, winning the Women’s British Open at Kingbarns by two strokes for her first major win.
It was a huge weight off the shoulders of Kim, who five years earlier had thrown away the chance to win the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship when she missed a one-foot putt for victory on the final hole, going on to lose at the first extra hole to compatriot Yoo Sun-young.
Six LPGA victories since then had failed to exorcise those demons for Kim, but now she can finally breathe a huge sigh of relief after fending off the challenge of home favourite Jodi Ewart Shadoff to claim her first major title.
— LPGA (@LPGA) August 6, 2017
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Kim was born in South Korea in 1988. She turned professional in late 2006 after earning her tour exemption and won her first tournament at the 2008 Longs Drugs Challenge.
Following her shocking miss at the 2012 Kraft Nabisco, she turned to meditation to help her cope with the disappointment and put the memories behind her.
Kim went winless for almost four years following her win at the 2010 Lorena Ochoa Invitational before picking up a first place at the 2014 ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters.
In 2012 she began working as a global ambassador for the Special Olympics in golf.
She plays the guitar and is a huge fan of British 60s supergroup the Beatles. She wore a Beatles ball marker during the British Open, calling it her ‘lucky charm’.
Kim is an avid reader whose favourite subjects include literature and philosophy. She also likes to paint in her free time and likes the work of Van Gogh.
In 2010, Kim donated her $220,000 winner’s cheque from the Lorena Ochoa Invitational to Ochoa’s charity that helps in the education of Mexican kids.