Lion Kim played lights out ... literally ... at this summer’s U.S. Amateur Public
BIRTHDATE March 10, 1989
Links. Kim, No. 43 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, sank a six-footer for
par in the dark to become the first Korean-born player to win the champion-
ship. Now entering his senior year at the University of Michigan, Kim looks to
continue his strong collegiate career that has included six top-10s, a T13 at
the 2009 NCAA Championship and a Division I Ping All-American honorable
mention as a sophomore.
BIRTHPLACE Seoul, South Korea
WORDS TO LIVE BY I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
DREAM FOURSOME Jesus Christ, Dad, Ben Hogan and myself.
SUPERSTITIONS Playing No. 1 balls in tournaments.
HIDDEN TALENT Can’t think of any besides golf.
LOVE TO TRADE PLACES WITH Barack Obama.
FAVORITE NON-GOLF ATHLETE Derek Jeter.
SHOT I LOVE TO PRACTICE Low draw.
FAVORITE FOOD Japanese.
AGE I FIRST BROKE 70 13.
LOWEST ROUND EVER 63.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT Wedge game.
ON MY iPOD Everything except country.
FAVORITE COURSE Chambers Bay GC.
FAVORITE GOLFER Bubba Watson.
BIGGEST FEAR Snakes.
FAVORITE CLUB Putter.
BALL MARKER Quarter.
FAVORITE MOVIE “The Dark Knight.”
BEST GOLF TIP Work on the short game.
WHAT’S IN THE BAG
DRIVER Titleist 909D2 with Diamana Kai’li shaft, 3-WOOD
Cobra S9-1 Pro with Diamana Blue Board shaft, HYBRID Cobra
Baffler ( 16 and 20 degrees) with Fujikura Speeder shafts,
IRONS Titleist AP2 with Project X shafts, WEDGES Titleist Spin
Milled (53 and 59 degrees), PUTTER Titleist Newport 2 prototype,
BALL Titleist Pro V1x
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