Mi-Hyun Kim

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Mi-Hyun Kim
김미현
2009 LPGA Championship - Mi Hyun Kim (1).jpg
Kim at the 2009 LPGA Championship
Personal information
NicknamePeanut, Kimmie
Born (1977-01-13) 13 January 1977 (age 43)
Incheon, South Korea
Height5 ft 1 in (155 cm)
NationalityFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
Residence Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Spouse Won Hee Lee (m. 2008)
Career
College Sungkyunkwan University
Turned professional1996
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1999)
KLPGA (joined 1996)
Professional wins21
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour8
LPGA of Korea Tour13
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA Inspiration T5: 2005
Women's PGA C'ship T3: 2006
U.S. Women's Open T4: 2000
du Maurier Classic T6: 1999
Women's British Open 2nd: 2001
Achievements and awards
LPGA Rookie of the Year 1999
Korean name
Hangul
김미현
Hanja
金美賢
Revised Romanization Gim Mi-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Mi-hyŏn

Mi-Hyun Kim (Korean : 김미현, born 13 January 1977) is a professional golfer from South Korea. She turned professional in 1996 and won 11 events on the LPGA of Korea Tour (KLPGA) between 1996 and 2000. In 1999, she joined the LPGA Tour and was named was Rookie of the Year that year. She has won eight LPGA events with her best finish in a major championship second place at the 2001 Women's British Open.

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Background

Born in Incheon on Kim received the nicknamed "Peanut" because she stands only 5 feet 1 inch (155 cm) tall. LPGA golfers also refer to her as "Kimmy." Kim was inspired to move to the United States by Se Ri Pak, and they along with Grace Park and Hee-Won Han – the four nicknamed the "Seoul Sisters" [1] – are considered pioneers in the surge of outstanding South Korean women's golfers on the LPGA Tour. [2] Her swing is characterized by an unusually long backswing that has become shorter in recent years.

Charitable giving

In May 2007, Kim donated $100,000 of her $210,000 prize money from winning the SemGroup Championship to victims of a recent tornado that severely damaged the town of Greensburg, Kansas. The tornado occurred during the SemGroup tournament.

Kim did not have any connection to Greensburg or any of its residents. Commenting on her donation, she said, "Honestly, I made a lot of money in the United States on the LPGA Tour. Most of time, I get the money here and donate to South Korea. But, I want to help people here, too. The win was a surprise for me and I think God gave it to me like a special present or he is using me like, 'okay, I give you this, but after that you give to help the people.'" [3]

A year later on the eve on the 2008 SemGroup Championship, the president of the United Way of the Plains in Wichita, Kansas appeared with Kim at the pre-tournament press conference to publicly thank her and announce that the publicity surrounding Kim's donation had spurred further donations totaling $1.2 million and that money is being used to build 25 homes for low- and moderate-income individuals displaced by the tornado. [4] [5]

Personal

Kim retired from the LPGA Tour after playing several tournaments during the 2011 season. [2] In December 2008 she married Lee Won-hee, a former Olympic gold medalist in judo who now teaches judo at a university in South Korea. [6] [7] In 2009 they had a son, Ye Sung Lee, who was born in Orlando, Florida. [6] She currently teaches golf in South Korea. A golf teaching/practice facility built by her father is named the Mi-Hyun Kim Golf World. [1]

Professional wins (19)

LPGA Tour (8)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
16 Sep 1999 State Farm Rail Classic -12 (66-68-70=204)1 stroke Flag of Scotland.svg Janice Moodie
Flag of the United States.svg Pearl Sinn
210 Oct 1999 First Union Betsy King Classic -8 (68-72-70-70=280)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Beth Daniel
Flag of England.svg Helen Dobson
Flag of Peru.svg Flag of Sweden.svg Jenny Lidback
324 Sep 2000 Safeway LPGA Golf Championship -1 (70-73-72=215)Playoff Flag of South Korea.svg Jeong Jang
421 Jul 2002 Giant Eagle LPGA Classic -14 (65-68-69=202)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Kelly Robbins
54 Aug 2002 Wendy's Championship for Children -8 (68-67-73=208)1 stroke Flag of South Korea.svg Hee-Won Han
630 Apr 2006 Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open -12 (70-66-69-71=276)2 strokes Flag of Mexico.svg Lorena Ochoa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Karrie Webb
716 Jul 2006 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic -18 (68-66-67-65=266)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Natalie Gulbis
86 May 2007 SemGroup Championship -3 (71-68-71=210)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Juli Inkster

LPGA Tour playoff record (3-3)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
12000 Safeway LPGA Golf Championship Flag of South Korea.svg Jeong Jang Won with par on second extra hole
22000 New Albany Golf Classic Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lorie Kane Lost to birdie on first extra hole
32001 The Office Depot Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam Lost to par on first extra hole
42001 Kathy Ireland Championship Flag of the United States.svg Rosie Jones Lost to birdie on first extra hole
52006 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Flag of the United States.svg Natalie Gulbis Won with birdie on third extra hole
62007 SemGroup Championship Flag of the United States.svg Juli Inkster Won with par on first extra hole

LPGA of Korea Tour wins (13)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
130 Apr 1994 Tomboy Women's Open (as an amateur)72-74-72=218+22 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Soo-Yun Kang (amateur)
215 Jul 1995 Fursys Cup Korea Women's Open (as an amateur)71-71-68=210−62 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Se Ri Pak (amateur)
329 Jun 1996 Midopa Women's Open 69-69=138-62 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Song Chae-eun
Flag of South Korea.svg Ha Nan-kyung
418 Aug 1996 Korea Oil Corporation Invitational 67-74-65=206−102 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Se Ri Pak
525 Oct 1996 LG Fashion Cup Korea Women's Open 70-74-72=216E2 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Se Ri Pak
631 Aug 1997 Korea Oil Corporation Invitational 71-74-68=213−31 stroke Flag of South Korea.svg Il Mi Chung
77 Sep 1997 FILA Women's Open 73-68-70=211−101 stroke Flag of South Korea.svg Gloria Park (amateur)
813 Sep 1997 Lacoste SBS Champions 73-75-74=222+63 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Han Ji-yeon
Flag of South Korea.svg Seo A-ram
99 May 1998 Carnation Women's Open 70-73-67=210−67 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Jeong Jang (amateur)
1011 Sep 1998 SBS Champions 72-74-74=220+4Playoff Flag of South Korea.svg Il Mi Chung
111 Nov 1998 KLPGA Championship 72-76-71=219+32 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Seo Ji-hyun
1229 Oct 2000 Sports Seoul Hyundai Securities Women's Open 71-68-68=207−94 strokes Flag of England.svg Laura Davies
133 Dec 2000 Paradise Women's Open 71-73-63=207−910 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Il Mi Chung

Tournaments in bold denotes major tournaments in KLPGA

Results in LPGA majors

Tournament199819992000
Kraft Nabisco Championship T47
LPGA Championship T26T12
U.S. Women's Open CUTT4
du Maurier Classic T6T33
Tournament20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Kraft Nabisco Championship T15T21T577T5T42T30T6T48T56T33
LPGA Championship 8T33T30T30T7T3T15T10CUTT42T43
U.S. Women's Open T26T22T30T16T31T41T8T6CUT
Women's British Open ^2T61CUTCUTCUTCUTCUTT24T31CUT

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.

  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" tied

Summary

Team appearances

Amateur

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References

  1. 1 2 "Mi-Hyun Kim, A Tribute To A Retiring LPGA Star".
  2. 1 2 "Mi Hyun Kim: 'Seoul Sister' takes a final bow". LPGA. October 2012.
  3. "Kim makes $100,000 donation to aid victims of Greensburg, Kan., tornado". LPGA. 11 May 2007.
  4. "Mi Hyun Kim's Donation Makes a Difference in Kansas". LPGA. 29 April 2008.
  5. "Pre Tournament Interviews: SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons". LPGA. 29 April 2008.
  6. 1 2 Nichols, Beth Ann (25 March 2010). "Kim learns to balance golf and motherhood". Golfweek.
  7. "Mi Hyun Kim profile". LPGA. Retrieved 22 July 2014.