Kim’s killer instinct earns her the British Open

In-Kyung Kim held her nerve and was ruthless on Sunday as she claimed a first major title by winning the Women's British Open.

South Korea’s Kim took a six-shot lead into the final round but a course record-equalling 64 from England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff took her to within two shots of the summit.

However, Kim maintained her composure and posted a workmanlike 71 to win by two clear shots.

She was extremely patient on Sunday, her 71 contained only two birdies, one bogey and 15 pars.

The victory will be especially welcomed after Kim missed a one-foot putt to win the Ana Inspiration five years ago. 

“I feel quite uplifted, I have to say because I really didn’t expect to win this week. And having the lead and then going into the last round, was a great task,” said Kim. “I think I managed it quite well.”

Five years ago, Kim missed a one-foot putt on the 72nd hole to win the ANA Inspiration for what would have been her first major victory. Its taken a long time for her to right that wrong, but the weight has been worth it.

“I think we judge ourselves a lot, everybody does. But for our own self, I think sometimes you’ve got to have some self-compassion and we can make some mistakes. But I hope that mistake will make a more positive impact in life instead of dwelling on it, on the past. If you think about it, I think present moment is more special.”