NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Sei Young Kim accidentally set her alarm for Sunday morning 30 minutes later than she had intended. Which for a normal Sunday at a major championship wouldn’t be a big deal considering that leaders tee typically tee off well after lunch.
But this is 2020, and Kim’s 8:49 a.m. tee time at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship didn’t offer the luxury of sleeping in.
A break in the routine didn’t do much to frazzle the third-degree blackbelt with the long, aggressive game. On a cloudy day at Aronimink Golf Club, nothing could stop a clear-eyed Kim.
The winngest player on tour without a major tore off that descriptor in dramatic fashion, posting a seemingly unthinkable 7-under 63 to finish the week at 14-under 266, besting Betsy King’s record from 1992 by one stroke.
Inbee Park, a seven-time major winner, began the day three shots back and posted a flawless 65 yet somehow moved even farther away from Kim. Five years ago at this championship, Park beat Kim by five shots at Westchester Country Club. The roles were reversed at Aronimink, with Park calling her compatriot untouchable.
“That’s how a champion plays a final round,” said Park, who would…