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In Kyung Kim claims first major at Women's British Open

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Five years on from her horror miss from one foot at the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship, 29-year old South Korean, In Kyung Kim, has won her first major title with a two-shot victory over England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns in Scotland.

Back then, Kim, who is now into her 11th LPGA Tour season, missed that putt for par which would have given her victory in the opening major of the year and it has taken her another five years to finally break through.

Kim’s victory is her 7th LPGA Tour title but, most importantly, her first major and the week goes a long way to erasing the bitter memories of 2012.

Entering the final round with a six-shot lead, Kim’s main challenge came from little known Shadoff, who began Sunday nine shots behind and playing nearly an hour ahead.

Shadoff - who eventually fired a final round course record-equaling 64 - trimmed Kim lead to three through 9 holes and to two through 14 holes, forcing the front runner to maintain her focus.

She was able to do just that despite the persistent rain for much of her round, nine consecutive pars over the final nine allowing her to win comfortably enough but 29-year-old Shadoff, a two-time English Amateur Champion and a standout while at the University of New Mexico, had forced Kim to close it out.

Kim's superb hybrid approach to the potentially dangerous par-four 17th lead to an easy par and all but sealing her victory.

“This is something I have always wanted,” said Kim. “But it seemed so far away so I never really expected this to happen this week but sometimes I think things happen when they are unexpected.”

Referring back to the journey she has been on since her agonising miss in 2012, Kim acknowledged she is not alone in the issues she has faced; “This job requires both mental and physical and hopefully this will encourage others who go through that to not lose the hope.”

Shadoff had missed her two previous cuts coming into the week so to have produced such an impressive final round in front of British fans will be a great boost in the months ahead as she chases her first LPGA Tour victory.

Michelle Wie - who fired her own equal course record 64 on Thursday - finished with a brilliant 66 to share 3rd place with Germany’s Caroline Masson and England’s Georgia Hall.

The leading Australian was Su Oh, one of only two to make the weekend and more information on the Australian performances can be found here.


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