AVENTURA, FLA. – How about Christina Kim for LPGA Player of the Year? Or, at the very least, Miss Congeniality.
The boisterous Kim deserves some kind of award for the way she came off the course this afternoon. Leading the Stanford International Pro-Am at 4-under par with one hole to play in her first round, Kim pitched into the water on the island-green eighteen and made a triple-bogey 8.
Was she ticked? Yes, she was. She banged her wedge on the ground when her fifth shot plunged into a greenside bunker. But after signing her scorecard, Kim did not whine, pout or send her regrets. She joined her amateur partner, actor James Caan, and reported to the interview room, where she giggled, teased, cracked wise, and pretty much played the Bette Midler role in For the Boys.
Asked about eighteen, Kim said, “Sucked.”
Asked to elaborate, Kim said, “Umm, really sucked.”
Asked to elaborate on her elaboration, a laughing Kim said, “Just a brain fart. I’m not going to make excuses for it.”
Caan, meanwhile, made it clear that Kim was his best partner since Kathy Bates broke his ankles in Misery. “Without her I would have called 911 and just left. I mean, she just kept me smiling. I wanted to commit suicide.” Caan again, responding to a question about his first-tee jitters: “I smoked that ball. I killed a bass.”
There’s no award for most-compatible pro-am partners, but Caan and Kim definitely have the right chemistry for the Stanford. Asked if the Oscar-winning actor had kept her loose during her six-hour round, Kim brayed, “Keep me loose? He’s got these big broad shoulders that are way up here. He’s like the tightest person I’ve ever met! Keep me loose?”
Translation: He did. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP)