Birdie for Birdie

Forty-five years after Arnold Palmer made his huge comeback in the U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club, the venue was host to the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open. The tournament is best remembered for a shot made by a player with a perfect golf name. South Korean Birdie Kim was tied for the lead as she played the 18th and final hole of the final round. The 18th was the toughest hole on the course, yielding just three birdies total for the tournament. Who better to notch the fourth than someone named Birdie Kim? A birdie seemed unlikely for Kim as her second shot found a greenside bunker. Undeterred, she calmly stepped down into the sand, settled behind the ball, and lifted it out. The shot landed softly and rolled unwaveringly into the cup to give Kim her only Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) win.


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