9 Things You Didn't Know About Hyo-Joo Kim

Get to know Hyo-Joo Kim a little better with these things you might not have known...

Things You Didnt Know About Hyo-Joo Kim

Get to know Hyo-Joo Kim a little better with these things you might not have known...

9 Things You Didn't Know About Hyo-Joo Kim

Hyo-Joo Kim is a professional golfer from South Korea who has amassed quite the record in her career to this point. In just under 10 years as a pro, Kim has picked up nearly 20 wins.

Now ranked sixth in the world, the smooth-swinging 26-year-old heads into her first Olympics as one of the favourites to leave Tokyo with the gold medal. 

Get to know her a little better with these things you might not have known...

9 Things You Didn't Know About Hyo-Joo Kim

1. Hyo-Joo Kim was born on July 14, 1995 in South Korea

2. Kim got her hands on a golf club for the first time aged 7 when she was on her way to register for a taekwondo academy

3. As an amateur, Kim won three professional events - the LPGA of Korea Tour’s 2012 Lotte Mart Women’s Open, the LPGA of Japan Tour’s 2012 Suntory Ladies Open, and the LPGA of Taiwan’s 2012 Swinging Skirts TLPGA Open

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4. She also represented South Korea at the 2012 Espirito Santo Trophy

5. She turned professional in late 2012 and has racked up 18 professional wins to date

6. Her first major appearance came at the 2014 Evian Championship, which she went on to win by one shot from Australia’s Karie Webb

7. Also at the 2014 Evian Championship, she set the record for the lowest 18-hole score recorded at a major - men’s or women’s - with her first-round 61 (-10)

8. Kim became a member of the LPGA Tour in 2015 where she has won four times, most recently lifting the 2021 HSBC Women’s World Championship crown

9. At the 2018 Women’s US Open, Kim lost at the fourth play-off hole to Ariya Jutanugarn

Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.


Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.


As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.


What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1