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Birdie Kim

Birdie Kim (born Ju-Yun Kim in Ik-San on 26 August 1981) is a female South Korean golfer. Her career highlight is winning the 2005 US Women's Open.

Kim won the 1998-99 Korea Junior Championship. She turned professional in November 2000 and joined the Futures Tour, which is the second-tier women's golf tour in the United States, in 2001. Her rookie season on the main LPGA Tour was 2004, and was not successful as she only made three cuts in 20 events, but she retained her tour card by finishing tied 12th at the Qualifying School. She did somewhat better in early 2005, and picked up her first top ten finish that May, but her victory at the U.S. Women's Open was totally unexpected.

She changed her first name to Birdie in 2004, in an effort to distinguish herself from the numerous other Korean golfers named Kim in the women's golf world in the minds of non Koreans. Six different Kims, including Birdie, currently play on the LPGA Tour.

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