In Kyung Kim Suffers Heartbreaking Loss As Sun Young Yoo Wins 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship

In Kyung Kim consoled by her caddie, John Lemanti

First of all, let me offer sincere congratulations to 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship winner, Sun Young Yoo. On a day when world #1 Yani Tseng had an off day (but still had a chance at the end) and leaders were popping up only to fall again, Sun Young’s round of 69, pushing her cumulative score to 9-under, and birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff earned her the right to be called a Major winner. However, the story of the day for me was heartbreak. It started with two players blowing 3 shot leads. First, Karin Sjodin started the fireworks with an eagle on the second hole, eventually holding a 3-shot lead. But 3 bogeys in a 5 hole span between holes 6 thru 10 quickly saw that evaporate. 2011 Rookie of the Year Hee Kyung Seo was next to gain a 3 shot advantage over her closest competitor. It looked like she was poised to rebound from her playoff loss to So Yeon Ryu in the 2011 US Women’s Open with a Major win at KNC. Seo went to the 15th hole at 11-under. By the time her round was over, she had fallen to 7-under with bogeys on the final four holes. By the time she played the 18th, she looked like she was walking in a fog, unable to believe what was happening to her. However, the greatest collapse was yet to come.

Birdying 14, 16 and 17, In Kyung Kim reached the 18th green needing a two putt to effectively close the door on her competitors, barring a miracle hole out from the final group. Putt one went to 1 foot from the hole. Faced with what amounted to a glorified tap-in, Inky did the unthinkable and missed the putt, hooking the lip of the cup. Truly, the golf gods can be cruel. In Kyung Kim is a 3 time LPGA winner who donated her purse from winning the 2010 Lorena Ochoa Invitation to charity. If there is any positive karma for such a gesture, it was not available today. There was still a chance to win in a playoff with Sun Young Yoo, but at that point Kim was shattered. Despite the heartbreaking collapse, I walk away from this event with greater respect for Inky than ever. I have seen players blow leads and storm off. Inky stayed and gave interviews through the pain. I have heard that both she and Yani stayed and signed autographs for an extended time after the round. I have a request for the golf gods. One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, let In Kyung Kim be the one holding the trophy after a Major. It can hardly happen to a nicer and more wonderful player.

Sun Young Yoo

All of that said, let me reiterate that I congratulate Sun Young Yoo for her first Major win and second LPGA victory overall. I am truly happy to see a Seoul Sister back in the winner’s circle. Also, I am very happy to see Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn win low amateur for the second straight year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

SUN YOUNG YOO

IN KYUNG KIM

HEE YOUNG PARK

CRISTIE KERR

HEE KYUNG SEO

YANI TSENG

 

 

EUN-HEE JI

VICKY HURST

AZAHARA MUNOZ

LEXI THOMPSON

SE RI PAK

SUZANNE PETTERSEN

HA NEUL KIM

HAEJI KANG

KARIN SJODIN

NA YEON CHOI

ARIYA JUTANUGARN (low amateur)

 

Pos Start Player ToPar Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Earnings
1 T4 KOR
YOO, Sun Young
-9 F -3 69 69 72 69 279 $300,000
2 T4 KOR
KIM, I.K.
-9 F -3 70 70 70 69 279 $182,538
3 T1 TPE
TSENG, Yani
-8 F +1 68 68 71 73 280 $132,418
T4 T29 USA
LEWIS, Stacy
-7 F -6 74 71 70 66 281 $77,202
T4 T12 KOR
YANG, Amy
-7 F -3 66 74 72 69 281 $77,202
T4 T4 KOR
SEO, Hee Kyung
-7 F -1 69 72 69 71 281 $77,202
T4 T1 SWE
SJODIN, Karin
-7 F +2 72 67 68 74 281 $77,202
T8 T45 USA
GULBIS, Natalie
-6 F -7 76 71 70 65 282 $44,806
T8 T9 KOR
PAK, Se Ri
-6 F -1 70 69 72 71 282 $44,806
T8 T4 KOR
CHOI, Na Yeon
-6 F E 72 67 71 72 282 $44,806
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T11 T17 USA
STANFORD, Angela
-5 F -2 72 71 70 70 283 $34,003
T11 T12 KOR
KIM, Ha-Neul
-5 F -1 71 71 70 71 283 $34,003
T11 T9 USA
HURST, Vicky
-5 F E 70 70 71 72 283 $34,003
T11 T4 KOR
JI, Eun-Hee
-5 F +1 71 69 70 73 283 $34,003
T15 T24 SCT
MATTHEW, Catriona
-4 F -2 74 70 70 70 284 $26,184
T15 T24 AUS
WEBB, Karrie
-4 F -2 71 72 71 70 284 $26,184
T15 T12 NOR
PETTERSEN, Suzann
-4 F E 72 74 66 72 284 $26,184
T15 T12 ESP
MUNOZ, Azahara
-4 F E 73 72 67 72 284 $26,184
T15 3 KOR
KANG, Haeji
-4 F +3 69 68 72 75 284 $26,184
T20 T17 USA
CREAMER, Paula
-3 F E 69 73 71 72 285 $22,586
T20 T9 AUS
HULL, Katherine
-3 F +2 69 73 69 74 285 $22,586
T22 T29 THA
*JUTANUGARN, Ariya
-2 F -1 71 73 71 71 286
T22 T29 CHN
FENG, Shanshan
-2 F -1 72 70 73 71 286 $20,587
T22 T17 USA
KERR, Cristie
-2 F +1 71 70 72 73 286 $20,587
T22 T12 USA
THOMPSON, Lexi
-2 F +2 72 72 68 74 286 $20,587
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T26 T56 ESP
RECARI, Beatriz
-1 F -3 72 76 70 69 287 $16,401
T26 T45 USA
LANG, Brittany
-1 F -2 74 74 69 70 287 $16,401
T26 T37 USA
JOHNSON, Jennifer
-1 F -1 72 71 73 71 287 $16,401
T26 T29 SWE
NORDQVIST, Anna
-1 F E 74 74 67 72 287 $16,401
T26 T29 ENG
EWART, Jodi
-1 F E 69 73 73 72 287 $16,401
T26 T24 USA
LACROSSE, Cindy
-1 F +1 73 71 70 73 287 $16,401
T26 T17 KOR
PARK, Inbee
-1 F +2 71 74 68 74 287 $16,401
T26 T17 KOR
PARK, Hee Young
-1 F +2 72 71 70 74 287 $16,401
T26 T17 KOR
SHIN, Jiyai
-1 F +2 72 71 70 74 287 $16,401
T35 T56 PRY
GRANADA, Julieta
E F -2 70 75 73 70 288 $12,792
T35 T56 KOR
HUR, Mi Jung
E F -2 73 70 75 70 288 $12,792
T35 T17 FRA
ICHER, Karine
E F +3 73 73 67 75 288 $12,792
T38 T37 ENG
*HULL, Charley
+1 F +1 71 77 68 73 289
T38 T37 USA
HARIGAE, Mina
+1 F +1 73 71 72 73 289 $11,068
T38 T37 SWE
HJORTH, Maria
+1 F +1 73 68 75 73 289 $11,068
T38 T29 USA
TAMULIS, Kris
+1 F +2 72 75 68 74 289 $11,068
T38 T29 DEU
GAL, Sandra
+1 F +2 71 72 72 74 289 $11,068
T43 T63 USA
HURST, Pat
+2 F -1 75 73 71 71 290 $9,594
T43 T45 USA
BOWIE YOUNG, Heather
+2 F +1 74 70 73 73 290 $9,594
T43 T24 AUS
WRIGHT, Lindsey
+2 F +4 67 71 76 76 290 $9,594
T46 T67 USA
PRESSEL, Morgan
+3 F -1 73 74 73 71 291 $8,495
T46 T45 USA
SALAS, Lizette
+3 F +2 76 70 71 74 291 $8,495
T46 T37 KOR
LEE, Ji-Hee
+3 F +3 74 73 69 75 291 $8,495
T49 T74 KOR
CHOI, Chella
+4 F -1 72 74 75 71 292 $7,195
T49 T67 WAL
MORGAN, Becky
+4 F E 76 72 72 72 292 $7,195
T49 T56 DEU
MASSON, Caroline
+4 F +2 79 69 70 74 292 $7,195
T49 T45 KOR
HAN, Hee-Won
+4 F +3 70 74 73 75 292 $7,195
T49 T45 TPE
KUNG, Candie
+4 F +3 70 75 72 75 292 $7,195
T49 T37 KOR
LEE, Seon Hwa
+4 F +4 76 72 68 76 292 $7,195
T49 T29 USA
*ERNST, Austin
+4 F +5 77 70 68 77 292
T56 78 NLD
BOELJON, Christel
+5 F -1 74 73 75 71 293 $5,608
T56 T74 KOR
RYU, So Yeon
+5 F E 74 74 73 72 293 $5,608
T56 T63 ITA
LUNA, Diana
+5 F +2 76 68 75 74 293 $5,608
T56 T56 USA
*GREEN, Jaye Marie
+5 F +3 71 77 70 75 293
T56 T56 ENG
REID, Melissa
+5 F +3 77 70 71 75 293 $5,608
T56 T56 USA
WARD, Wendy
+5 F +3 71 76 71 75 293 $5,608
T56 T45 JPN
MIYAZATO, Ai
+5 F +4 71 72 74 76 293 $5,608
T56 T45 SWE
HEDWALL, Caroline
+5 F +4 74 72 71 76 293 $5,608
T56 T37 THA
PHATLUM, Pornanong
+5 F +5 71 72 73 77 293 $5,608
T56 T24 USA
SONG, Jennifer
+5 F +7 72 71 71 79 293 $5,608
T66 T67 JPN
UEDA, Momoko
+6 F +2 71 69 80 74 294 $4,647
T66 T45 USA
FUTCHER, Katie
+6 F +5 72 72 73 77 294 $4,647
T66 T45 AUS
KEMP, Sarah
+6 F +5 71 75 71 77 294 $4,647
T66 T45 NLD
SCHREEFEL, Dewi Claire
+6 F +5 75 72 70 77 294 $4,647
T70 T74 USA
CLANTON, Cydney
+7 F +2 70 76 75 74 295 $4,197
T70 T67 JPN
BABA, Yukari
+7 F +3 75 73 72 75 295 $4,197
T70 T67 USA
BLUMENHERST, Amanda
+7 F +3 75 73 72 75 295 $4,197
T70 T63 USA
MARTIN, Mo
+7 F +4 74 72 73 76 295 $4,197
T70 T37 USA
RANKIN, Reilley
+7 F +7 73 73 70 79 295 $4,197
T75 T74 CAN
SHARP, Alena
+8 F +3 75 73 73 75 296 $3,897
T75 T67 USA
KIM, Christina
+8 F +4 74 69 77 76 296 $3,897
T75 T67 ENG
STUPPLES, Karen
+8 F +4 73 72 75 76 296 $3,897
78 T79 USA
LINDLEY, Leta
+10 F +3 76 70 77 75 298 $3,797
T79 T79 USA
CASTRALE, Nicole
+11 F +4 69 73 81 76 299 $3,728
T79 T63 CAN
KANE, Lorie
+11 F +8 74 73 72 80 299 $3,728
81 81 KOR
BAE, Kyeong
+13 F +3 74 74 78 75 301 $3,657
82 82 KOR
OH, Ji Young
+15 F +4 74 72 81 76 303 $3,611
Players below this line have missed the cut.
CUT KOR
KANG, Jimin
+5 72 77 149
CUT USA
KORDA, Jessica
+5 76 73 149
CUT SCT
MOODIE, Janice
+5 73 76 149
CUT KOR
SHIN, Jenny
+5 75 74 149
CUT ITA
CAVALLERI, Silvia
+6 73 77 150
CUT TPE
HUNG, Amy
+6 76 74 150
CUT USA
MCPHERSON, Kristy
+6 76 74 150
CUT ZAF
PACE, Lee-Anne
+6 75 75 150
CUT USA
PRAMMANASUDH, Stacy
+6 74 76 150
CUT KOR
SIM, Hyun-Hwa
+6 77 73 150
CUT USA
STEINHAUER, Sherri
+6 73 77 150
CUT USA
WALSHE, Alison
+6 75 75 150
CUT USA
WIE, Michelle
+6 73 77 150
CUT SWE
GUSTAFSON, Sophie
+7 75 76 151
CUT ESP
HERNANDEZ, Maria
+7 75 76 151
CUT THA
*JUTANUGARN, Moriya
+7 77 74 151
CUT KOR
LEE, Jee Young
+7 78 73 151
CUT JPN
MIYAZATO, Mika
+7 75 76 151
CUT KOR
LEE, Meena
+8 78 74 152
CUT USA
LINCICOME, Brittany
+8 76 76 152
CUT USA
MACKENZIE, Paige
+8 77 75 152
CUT USA
O’TOOLE, Ryann
+8 76 76 152
CUT USA
FRANCELLA, Meaghan
+9 77 76 153
CUT SWE
FRIBERG, Louise
+9 74 79 153
CUT KOR
JANG, Jeong
+9 77 76 153
CUT USA
JOH, Tiffany
+9 76 77 153
CUT KOR
MIN, Na On
+10 78 76 154
CUT ESP
MOZO, Belen
+10 83 71 154
CUT KOR
PARK, Grace
+10 76 78 154
CUT ENG
DAVIES, Laura
+11 76 79 155
CUT USA
*LEE, Alison
+11 79 76 155
CUT KOR
YI, Eunjung
+11 75 80 155
CUT USA
PILLER, Gerina
+14 74 84 158
CUT KOR
KIM, Song-Hee
+15 78 81 159
WD USA
KIM, Mindy
+5 77 77
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