Kim delivers with 25-foot, $2.2 million putt


Kim made the putt of her life, a 25-footer for birdie that broke sharply to the right and into the cup for a two-under 70, a one-shot victory over hard-charging Charley Hull and a $US1.5 million ($A2.2 million) payoff.

“It means a lot to me just knowing that I won the biggest purse in women’s golf history,” said Kim, whose wire-to-wire win was her third of the year.

“That itself is an incredible honour.”

Hull made her earn it.

Six shots behind going to the back nine at Tiburon Golf Club, Hull birdied five of her last seven holes, including the last three. Her 12-foot birdie on the 18th gave her a 66 and a share of the lead.

Kim was fully aware of the pressure she felt.

“I was really nervous while walking through hole 18,” she said.

“I was like: ‘OK, not a big deal. Try to play like a practice round,’ thinking that would make me comfortable. Even then, I was really nervous.”

Sei Young Kim delivered with an ice-cold putt from 25 feet to win the tournament – and the cheque.Credit:Getty Images

Kim won for the 10th time in her LPGA career, joining Se Ri Pak (25), Inbee Park (19) and Jiyai Shin (11) as South Korean players with at least 10 victories.

This was memorable for the finish – and the prize.

Instead of a $US500,000 ($A736,000) first-place cheque and a $US1 million ($A1.5 million) bonus to a season points race, CME Globe wanted to award $US1.5 million ($A2.2 million) in official money to any of the 60 players who qualified for the season finale.

That’s $US500,000 ($A736,000) more than the previous record prize, $US1 million ($A1.5 million) at the US Women’s Open.

Su Oh was the leading Australian at 13-under in a tie for sixth after she carded a 69.

Compatriot Katherine Kirk signed off with a 67 to be in a tie for 18 at 10-under; Australia’s No.1 Minjee Lee faded to 55th at five-over, one shot clear of Hannah Green in a share of 56th.

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