South Korean golfer Kim A-lim mounted a sensational comeback to lift the 75th U.S. Women’s Open title in historic fashion on Monday.
Kim started a weather-delayed final round five shots behind Japanese leader Hinako Shibuno at Champions Golf Club in Houston before completing a stunning one-stroke upset on her competition debut.
The 25-year-old Kim carded a four-under-par 67 to surge to the top of the leaderboard and become the seventh player, and first in 15 years, to overturn a five-shot deficit and be crowned champion.
Kim’s compatriot and world number one Ko Jin-young posted a three-under-par 68 to seal a share of second place with Sweden’s Amy Olson (72), but they could not reel in the runaway clubhouse leader.
An emotional Olson held a two-stroke lead as she chased a maiden LPGA Tour win with five holes to play after Sunday’s final round was pushed back due to thunderstorms.
But the mask-clad Kim found her rhythm and birdied the final three holes in a fairytale finish, while overnight leader Shibuno slumped to a 74 and fourth position.
In her first U.S. Women’s Open start, A Lim Kim emerges victorious! pic.twitter.com/XWobBzkNrX
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