Kim keeps Inbee at bay to claim maiden major title

Kim keeps Inbee at bay to claim maiden major title

With ten wins entering the tournament, Kim had more wins than any other active female player without a major under her belt.

Kim stormed off the field with birdies on four of her last six holes in Aronimink to card a seven-under-63 round of the week and land at 14 under par to claim victory in the penultimate major of 2020. Kim raised her arms "Rocky" style, hugged her caddie and, at last, was a major champion.

Kim Sei-young shot a seven-under 63 - the best round of the tournament - to win the Women's Professional Golf Association of America (PGA) Championship in style.

The seven-time major victor and compatriot Inbee Park briefly faced a challenge in the middle of the last round on Sunday.

Nasa Hataoka and Carlota Ciganda tied for third at seven under. She still had one hole left to play. "I just fought all the way to the end", Hataoka said. "Sometimes I'm shaking my head and my legs were shaking but I was able to keep my focus and I was able to reach my big goal so I'm very happy about that". "I did everything I could do". I hit a lot of good shots and kept my patience up out there.

Kim's dominance was in plain sight.

Park had three birdies on the front nine as she tried to match Mickey Wright with a record fourth win in the PGA. Kim started her LPGA Tour career in 2015 and quickly got attention with three tournament victories. She never really slowed down. She impressed on No. 16, almost making an eagle but using a short putt for a birdie.

"See you soon", Kim said with a smile and a wave. She was just really untouchable.

Park is a three-time victor of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and would tie Mickey Wright for the most in a career with a win.

The "new look" KPMG Women's PGA Championship has proved the point and there is a lesson for all Tours to learn from its success. Henderson had five birdies for a bogey-free round. Kim's top prior major showings were runner-up efforts at the 2018 Evian Championship and 2015 Women's PGA.

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist and Canada's Brooke Henderson shared second on 205 with South Korean Park In-bee fourth on 206 and Filipino 22-year-old Bianca Pagdanganan fifth on 207 after a second straight 65.

Park, who started the day three shots behind Kim, began with a birdie at the first before she made further birdies at the fifth and seventh to initially narrow the deficit.

She earned $645,000 for the victory. If she gets it, it will come on one of the tougher courses this season on the tour.

By the time she finished sinking birdie after birdie en route toward matching a record round, Kim could afford a peek at the board: Her name was on top.

The US Women's Open - the final major of the year - is set to take place at Champions Golf Club in Houston from December 10-14.

Kim dazzled at another event without the roar of the galleries - though Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry walked the course - and held off a hard-charging Park. Her major title is a long-awaited victory.

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