By petedirenzo
Friday, April 03, 2009

During the second round of the Dinah, I'll be closely monitoring the progress of Christina Kim, who will begin the day tied for sixth, three back of leader Brittany Lincicome, the long-hitting 23 year old who opened with a sizzling 66. Christina has been my favorite LPGA player going back to 2003, when I wrote a feature about her for SI. In my mind she ranks alongside David Feherty as the funniest person in golf. Sample quote from my SI feature, in discussing her father's feelings about her dating: "He's anti-penis. That's not to say he's pro-vagina. He just doesn't want anything to get in the way of my golf."Though she's only 25, this is Christina's seventh year on tour. By the time she was 21, she had become the youngest player in LPGA history to earn $1 million, won two tournaments and starred at the Solheim Cup. The last few seasons her results had plateaued, but she came into '09 determined to reclaim her place among the game's elite. Her stated goal for this year is to win her first major, and one round into the Dinah she's in good position. One of the game's purest ballstrikers, Christina is also a passionate, emotive player with $12,000 in career fines due to her colorful on-course vocabulary. Her biggest challenge over the next few days will be maintaining her equanimity.  Following the first round she texted me, "I have turned over a new leaf in regards to my emotions on the course!!! And it worked!!!" I sure hope so -- Christina and I are collaborating on a  diary of the 2009 season, to be published next spring. If she were to win this week, well, that'd be as prescient as someone writing a book about Rich Beem the year before he shocked the world in the PGA Championship.

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