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S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young moves back to U.S. for LPGA return

All News 11:46 August 11, 2020

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korean LPGA star Kim Sei-young has returned to the United States to rejoin the tour later this month, sources said Tuesday.

Kim is now back in her Dallas home in Texas. Of a handful of South Korean LPGA players who were biding their time in their native country during the coronavirus pandemic, Kim is the first to move back to the U.S.

In this file photo provided by the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association on June 13, 2020, Kim Sei-young of South Korea prepares to putt on the third green during the second round of the S-Oil Championship at Elysian Jeju Country Club in Jeju, Jeju Island. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Kim, world No. 6, is a 10-time LPGA champion. When the LPGA Tour came to a halt in February due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Kim returned to South Korea and played in five tournaments on the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour, posting three top-10s.

Kim competed in two LPGA events in January before the pause and finished in the top 10 in both of them.

The U.S. tour returned to action at the end of July with the LPGA Drive On Championship. It continued with the Marathon Classic last week, but Kim chose not to defend her 2019 title there.

She will also skip the next two tournaments outside the U.S.: the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open this week and the AIG Women's Open, formerly the Women's British Open, starting Aug. 20.

The tour will return to America for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Aug. 27, and Kim is expected to make her return there.

Among others, world No. 1 Ko Jin-young and No. 3 Park Sung-hyun are still in South Korea. Neither has played in an LPGA tournament this year. Former world No. 1 Park In-bee has committed to the AIG Women's Open.

In this file photo provided by the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association on June 7, 2020, Kim Sei-young of South Korea hits a tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the Lotte Cantata Ladies Open at Sky Hill Jeju Country Club in Seogwipo, Jeju Island. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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