South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim became the third youngest winner of a women’s major yesterday as she held off a final round charge from Australian Karrie Webb to win the Evian Championship in France on her major championship debut.
The 19-year-old from Wonju ended one stroke ahead of Webb after a dramatic two shot swing on the final hole. She closed out victory after finishing Sunday’s final round on 11-under-par, after a three-under round of 68.
Standing on the 18th green, Kim expressed little emotion as she had won her first LPGA Tour event on her major championship debut. However, when the magnitude of victory had sunk in, she said she felt like she was “flying like a bird.”
"I want to buy a bag for my mum." - Hyo-Joo Kim
The first year Physical Education student at Seoul University, who tied for fourth in the Evian Masters as an amateur, has already won four times on the Korean LPGA Tour in two years as a professional.
Aged 19 years and two months exactly, Hyo-Joo Kim becomes the third youngest women’s major winner after Morgan Pressel, who won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship aged 18 years 10 months and 9 days and Lexi Thompson, who won the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship aged 19 years, one month and 27 days.
Hyo-Joo Kim level headed after major success
For her efforts, the world No.10 collects a cheque for $487,500. In her three LPGA Tour events this season, Kim has has earned $622,431.
Despite wining one of the women’s game’s biggest events, the teenager kept her cool after claiming the biggest win of her life, saying, “I want to buy a bag for my mum.”
When asked what her favourite thing about the women’s final major was, Kim replied, “I can drink a lot of water. It’s expensive in Korea. Drinking a lot of water is good for you.”
Karrie Webb narrowly misses out on play-off
On the 18th green, Karrie Webb needed to make her uphill putt to force a tie with Kim and take the championship to a play-off. Disappointingly, she missed left of the hole and tapped in for bogey for a round of 68 to end on 10-under par in second place.
“It was a rush of adrenaline with the belly wedge and the putt was faster than I thought,” said the 39-year-old.
“It was a very poor putt and I knew I had to make it for a play-off. I had a lot of good shots and hit every green bar the second hole and it’s obviously disappointing but I gave myself a good chance.”