Named Rookie of the Year by the 1999 LPGA Women’s Tour, 31-year old Mi Hyun Kim’s biggest win on the majors was placing second on the Women’s British Open. Her performance at the LPGA Corning Classic has made her the 11th golfer in history to cross the $8 million dollar mark in career earnings.
This self-confessed video game fanatic turned professional at age 19 by joining the LPGA Tour of Korea winning 11 titles until 1999. She decided to join the US LPGA with the urging of fellow Korean super golfer Se Ri Pak. She has since won eight of the LPGA Tour’s tournaments with her 199 debut at the State Farm Classic and the First Union Betsy King Classic. She followed up her win in 2000 in the Safeway Classic, in 2002 in the Giant Eagle Classic and the Wendy’s Championship for Children, in 2006 in the Ginn Open and the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic and in 2007 at the SemGroup Championship.
She has placed several in the top ten since 1999 in the Du Maurier Classic with average scoring of T6 and the US Women’s Open averaging at T4. In 2001, she placed 8th in the LPGA Championship and her biggest win to date at a major championship, runner-up at the Women’s British Open. She only went back up to the top ten in 2004 with a seventh place finish in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. In 2005, she averaged at T5 and T7 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the LPGA Championship. Her 2007 performance at the US Women’s Open landed her at an average scoring of T8.
A humanitarian, she has donated thousands of dollars to charitable organizations in her native South Korea as well as half her earnings to the Greensburg tornado victims in Kansas. She has since played in the 2008 Kraft Nabisco Championship and averaged at T6.