Kim A-lim says she is still struggling to break through the “wall” separating her and the elite of women’s golf as she prepares to defend her US Women’s Open crown at The Olympic Club in San Francisco on Thursday.
The 25-year-old South Korean conjured one of the most improbable wins in major history last December, overturning a five-shot deficit in the final round to snatch victory in her US Open debut.
Her one-shot triumph in the pandemic-delayed major came after a remarkable birdie-birdie-birdie finish that left compatriot and world No 1 Ko Jin-young and Amy Olson tied for second.
But while Kim’s fairytale win looked to have marked the arrival of a new force in women’s golf, the months since that victory at Houston’s Champions Golf Club have been less kind to the world number 36.
In six LPGA events since her US Open win in December, Kim has missed the cut three times, and finished tied for 55th place and 32nd place. Her lone top-10 finish came at the Lotte Championship in April, where she tied for 10th.
Her missed cuts included her most recent tournament, last month’s LPGA Pure Silk Championship in Virginia.