Kim hits 25-foot putt to capture LPGA finale, $1.5M prize

Sei Young Kim on the 7th hole during the 2019 CME Group Tour Golf Championship at the Tiburn Golf Club in Naples, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (Chris Tilley/Naples Daily News via AP)

NAPLES, FL – With the richest prize in women’s golf history riding on the outcome, Sei Young Kim delivered the ultimate money putt.

Even if she didn’t even know the score.

Kim was tied for the lead going to the final hole Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship. The nerves were obvious as she missed each of four straight putts from 12 feet or closer.

Moments later, the 26-year-old South Korean took her place in LPGA Tour history.

Kim made the putt of her life, a 25-footer for birdie that broke sharply to the right and into the cup for a 2-under 70, a one-shot victory over hard-charging Charley Hull and a $1.5 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 honor.”

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.