Goal setting champion
“I never thought about winning until I made that first putt on the 18th hole. I was very nervous going into the final round. I did not sleep well and woke up at 4:30am,” said the Galitsky, who revealed a text message from compatriot Natthakritta Vongtaveelap, who finished runner-up the last two years and is now playing on the LPGA, helped her relax and be better prepared for the final round.
“I did not expect this to happen at the beginning of the week. I played my first practice round here and lost five balls that day. At that point, I was thinking making the cut would be a good result.
“Honestly, I set a goal for myself today. I was going to play five-under par. I was one short of it. The reason I was aiming for five-under-par was because my four-day record was 14-under-par. I was just trying to break that record today.”
AIG Women’s Open
Galitsky looks forward to enjoying the rewards of her win, especially a chance to play the AIG Women’s Open at Walton Heath (10-13 August).
“Honestly, I am just trying to enjoy every single moment of it. What an opportunity I’ve got. I just need to try to savour every moment,” said Galitsky.
“I am looking forward to playing the AIG Women’s Open, as I feel like it is ‘the’ championship for women’s golf. Honestly, any major would be great, but I just really like that one.”
Kim finally made a putt and a birdie on the 16th hole, and followed it up with another on the 17th. She was three ahead of the pack in third place at the stage and tried to set up an eagle on the 18th hole in the hope of putting some pressure on the leader. However, her second shot rolled through the green and into the water hazard.
After making a par, the Korean said: “I am happy about finishing second, but I am slightly disappointed as well. I thought my long game was pretty good, but after the first two days, I just could not make any putts.
“This is just the beginning of the year, and my short-term goal is to be a winner of any international tournaments I will be participating in. That's my goal.”