"I'm extremely honored and cannot believe I actually won."
This is what South Korean golfer Kim A-lim had to say after she won the 75th U.S. Women's Open on Monday at the Champions Golf Club in Houston.
The 25-year-old, who has never won outside South Korea, made a life-changing debut in one of the biggest events in women's golf,… taking a commanding lead with three consecutive birdies in the home stretch.
Kim shot a 4-under-par 67 in the final round, and shot a four-round total of 3-under 281, securing her the trophy and the million dollar winner's check.
Her victory was all the more surprising as she was five shots behind when the final round started.
Her rally to the top of the pile ties the record for the best ever comeback in women's golf.
Kim becomes the 10th South Korean player to win the U.S. Women's Open, but it's the 11th time for a South Korean player to win as Park In-bee took the trophy home twice.
This year is also the second consecutive year for a South Korean golfer to win as Lee Jeong-eun was victorious last year.
Second place also went to a South Korean world number one Ko Jin-young, who was tied with American Amy Olson.
Asked how she would like to celebrate her victory, Kim A-lim said she would eat some delicious food and share the stories of her trip in U.S. with her family in South Korea.
She added that she's grateful to be able to play as the world endures the pandemic and she hoped her win would give energy and encouragement to others.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang news.