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A Lim Kim is your 2020 U.S. Women’s Open champion

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When destiny and angels collide, the outcome rests in the hands of the big D. The winged ones put a guiding, comforting hand on your shoulder, but it’s fate that wins the day in golf. A Lim Kim was fated to win the 75th playing of the USGA Women’s Open, while Amy Olson gave a heroic effort on day five, all the while bearing the burden of a lost, loved one. There wasn’t much about the postponed national championship that resembled the expected and the anticipated As the mud settled, it was a dramatic conclusion to the year’s final major championship.

Hinako Shibuno entered Monday’s delayed final round in first place, where she had been for the better part of three days. Shibuno needed an early birdie to plant a flag and stake a claim, but her first sub-par score would not come until the 13th hole. By that point in the round, she had returned four strokes to par, was even on the week, and would ultimately finish in solo 4th position. Top four in a major is a career feat for professionals, and an undreamed-of occurrence for mortals. For Shibuno, after her surprising 2019 British Open title, the non-victory certainly had to sting a bit.

Moving up the leader board was two-time major champion and world number one Jin-young Ko. Ko spent the better part of 2020 ensconced in safe harbor, at home in Korea. She rode the viral wave in the company of family, finding practice and competition opportunities nearby. In her return to the world stage, Ko tied for 34th at Pelican, then moved up to 5th at the VOA, two weeks ago. This week, she surged in the final round with a marvelous 68, three under on the day. Ko’s progress should make her a lock to win the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples this week, but a playoff for a third major title escaped her grasp by one stroke.

Back to the angels. Amy Olson hails from North Dakota, and won the 2009 U.S. Girls championship. Eschewing the lure of large-school college golf, Olson remained in her native state at North Dakota State, where she excelled in the classroom and on the course. She turned professional after graduation, and has competed on the LPGA Tour for just over seven complete seasons. Without a victory, but with a pair of top-ten finishes in major events, Olson took the opening round lead with a stellar 67. That number would prove on Monday to be fated, as it was the low round for the week, on either of the Champions Golf Club courses. Four of them were posted, one in each round, and Olson owned one of them.

On Saturday evening, Olson’s beloved father-in-law passed from this world. Her husband was travelling from home to Houston when he received the news. Olson spent much of Sunday in tears, preparing for a round that would never begin. Perhaps fate and the angel conspired that day, to make the course just unplayable enough as the day unwound, to delay competition and give Olson time to gather.

On Monday, Olson went out in the final threesome, with Shibuno and Moriya Jutanugarn. Three bogeys at holes 2 through 4 were quickly countered by birdies at 5 and 6. Olson reeled off nine pars to the 16th, where an adrenaline-laced hybrid overshot the green, resulting in her fourth bogey of the day. A birdie at the last returned her to 2-under on the week, in a tie with Ko. Her admirable score of 72 outdistanced her playing companions, but there was one golfer that she could not overtake.

A Lim Kim was not a recognizable name, a considered name, a feared name, at any point during the week. Although the 25-year old Korean had signed for 68 on Thursday, her subsequent rounds of 74 and 72 had returned her to a place outside of apparent contention. In that interim, Shibuno had posted 67 on Friday to assume the lead position, while Ji Yeong Kim2 would return a 67 of her own on day three, to make a hasty leaderboard move, inside the top then. Kim2 would tumble away on Sunday, to an 80, and a tie for 30th place.

The fourth 67 was presented by destiny to A Lim Kim on Sunday. Birdies at 5, 6 and 8 brought her out of the cloud cover, into the center of the campaign for the Mickey Wright medal. Bogeys past the turn, at 10 and 11, returned the lead to Olson. Then, the most unexpected thing happened, Beginning at the 16th hole, the one that would prove to be Olson’s undoing, A Lim Kim birdied home. She rolled an iron three feet past the cup on the par-three hole, then dunked the putt, dead center. On 17, from the fairway’s middle, she ripped an iron and quickly looked away, knowing it had found its line. The ball rolled to a stop, 16 inches from the hole. At the 72nd hole, her wedge approach settled eight feet away. Her putt never wavered and, when it dropped, she punched the air and smiled with her eyes, behind the mask that she wore for the entirety of the competition.

In truth, she might have logged four consecutive birdies. A long birdie effort at the 15th, downhill and gaining speed, pulled up one turn shy of a three, in the heart of the cup. In the end, the USGA had a deserving champion and a spate of worthy contenders. The players and this writer second-guessed the manner in which round three was conducted, something that has become commonplace at national championships. Champions Golf Club proved to be a worthy venue for an Open championship, and should be featured more often. As A Lim Kim returns home to Korea with a treasured trophy, we look ahead to 2021, and a 76th Open championship at California’s Olympic Club.

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Ronald Montesano writes for GolfWRX.com from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.

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GolfWRX Classifieds (01/15/21) – Miura blades, classic Cleveland bomber, TaylorMade P770 irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member tigercolt77 – Cleveland TL310 driver head

The TL310 is a classic glued hosel, low spin, solid acoustic bomber of a driver, and this head is practically being given away.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cleveland driver head

Member budcangolf – Miura MB 101 blades

Honestly! Look at these things – how badly do you want these in your golf bag?
Considering their condition this set is a steal.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Miura Blades

Member br61 – 2020 TaylorMade P770 irons

The hottest irons in golf are still selling like hotcakes and if you are looking for a little bit of savings versus buying brand new – this set is your ticket.

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2021 Nippon N.S. PRO Regio Formula MB+ driver and wood shafts

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Although they have been producing graphite shafts for years, Nippon is better known for the performance and quality of their Modus line of steel shafts – but with the release of the new NS Pro Regio Formula MB+ graphite shafts, they are looking to deliver the same performance to drivers and fairway woods.

“Nippon is proud to introduce the new N.S. PRO Regio Formula MB+ graphite driver shaft. With the completion of the Formula + series, golfers can now have a driver shaft that works in perfect harmony with their Nippon Shaft steel shafts irrespective of their weight or configuration.”
– Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.

The release of the Formula MB + shafts is intended to complete the Nippon NS Pro Regio Formula+ series since each model is intended to work for golfers alongside the well known N.S. PRO MODUS³ TOUR steel irons shafts. The concept for developing the profiles was to offer a similar feel and performance so golfers could have top to bottom confidence in their clubs.

The previously available Regio Formula B+ driver shaft is designed to match the performance of the N.S. PRO MODUS³ TOUR 120, the Regio Formula M+ matches the N.S. PRO MODUS³ TOUR 130, and the all-new N.S. PRO Regio Formula MB+ shaft mimics the dynamic performance and power of the N.S. PRO MODUS³ TOUR 105 and/or TOUR 125 shafts.

 “Our goal is to give each individual player a consistent feel with their shafts throughout the bag in order to improve performance and make the game more enjoyable,”

The shaft’s performance is driven from using an ultra-high elasticity carbon sheet the full length of the shaft to reduce twisting of the head that occurs during a swing, according to Nippon, and it also helps replicate the smooth feel of the Modus3 steel shafts.

Price, specs, and availability

The shaft is scheduled for release in Japan on January 15 with a full global release set for the end of January 2021 trough Nippon authorized dealers.

The new Nippon NS Pro Regio Formula MB+ is available in a number of weights and flexes to suit any golfers and will be priced at $530 each.

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