CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA | She’s the hottest player in the field and, if you look at the opening-round leaderboard, the one with the best chance to make a move in the second round.
Sei Young Kim arrived at the Country Club of Charleston with three weeks of rest under her belt. She looked refreshed and came across as positive and prepared. On the range on Wednesday she said, “I really like this golf course. It gives you plenty of room off the tee but you have to be careful around the greens.” Even though Korean is her native tongue and she often abandons the connective tissue of English, with prepositions, conjunctions and verb tense giving way to direct subjects and predicates, Kim is as conversant and knowledgeable about golf as anyone in the game.
She also has an amazing work ethic. On Tuesday, she was the last person on the driving range, hitting wedges in 100-plus degree heat. And late Wednesday afternoon, Kim was one of the last people on the putting green, holing one 5-footer after another with perfect tempo and speed.
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