Once known as a prodigy who shot a 62 in her first LPGA event some six years ago, Kim has newly rededicated herself to realizing her potential, and she takes readers between the ropes for all the action, including her nail-biting near misses at two major championships. She also goes inside the team room at the Solheim Cup, revealing the hijinks and late-night gab sessions that bonded the victorious U.S. team. Along the way we get intimate portraits of her close friends on tour, including tour leaders such as Michelle Wie, Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, and Natalie Gulbis.
In this courageous telling, no topic is out-of-bounds, as Kim dishes about the LPGA's sexual mores, the culture clash of an American-based tour increasingly dominated by Koreans, the tumultuous economic forces squeezing the players, and her own battles with body image and her traditional upbringing. Winsome and good-natured, but never afraid of a laugh line or choice profanity, Christina Kim provides a must-read for anyone who loves golf or has wondered about the inner self of a professional athlete.
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About the Author
Christina Kim has been one of the LPGA's most popular players since 2003, when she was a 19 year old rookie. A two-time winner on tour, she was also a key member of the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup teams in 2005 and '09. Born and raised in San Jose, Cal., she now lives in Orlando.
Alan Shipnuck has been covering professional golf for Sports Illustrated since 1994. He is the author of the national bestseller Bud, Sweat&Tees: A Walk on the Wild Side of the PGA Tour. He lives in Northern California with his wife and children.
Christina Kim is an LPGA golfer. She won the 2004 Longs Drug Challenge and the 2005 Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions. She was also a member of the winning American Solheim Cup team in 2005. In 2004, Kim became the youngest player in LPGA history to reach $1 million in earnings, a record broken a year later by Paula Creamer.
Alan Shipnuck is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and has twice been honored by the Golf Writers Association of America. He is the coauthor, with Rich Beem of Bud, Sweat&Tees: A Walk on the Wild Side of the PGA Tour. He lives in Manhattan with his wife .
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Blue Hawaii 1
Chapter 2 Daddy's Girl 17
Chapter 3 South by Southwest 38
Chapter 4 Breakthrough 49
Chapter 5 Roots 63
Chapter 6 Searching 78
Chapter 7 Dollars and Sense 99
Chapter 8 Euro-trashed 124
Chapter 9 "U-S-A! K-I-M!" 147
Chapter 10 Aftermath 169
Chapter 11 Homecoming Queen 184
Chapter 12 An Innocent Abroad 194
Chapter 13 The End of the Road 215
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