Grace Kim books major debut at US Women’s Open

Former amateur star now turned pro Grace Kim has booked herself a place at the 77th US Women’s Open.

The Sydneysider carded rounds of 72 and 74 to finish in a share of 4th place with Thailand’s Phatlum Pornanong to force a playoff for the final spot at sectional qualifying at Morris Country Golf Club in New Jersey.

Grace Kim Grace Kim is all smiles after qualifying for her first major (Credit: @gracekimmey)

Kim made short work of the duel sinking a par putt at the first playoff hole to qualify for her first trip to a major.

The Avondale member joins fellow Aussie Gabi Ruffels, who fired a 7-under total at the Dragonfly Golf Club in Madera, California to qualify for her second US Women’s Open. Ruffels’ previous best result in a major came in 2020 with share of 13th place at both the US Women’s Open and the Women’s British Open.

Not so lucky of the Australians across recent qualifying events were Stephanie Na, Soo Jin Lee, Jessica Whitting, Maddison Hinson-Tolchard, Jennifer Herbst, Sakura Sugiyama, 2021 Women’s Australian Master Of The Amateurs winner, Lion Higo and LPGA Tour player, Su Oh.

The $10 million US Women’s Open tees off from June 2nd at the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in North Carolina.