Volume 1, Number 19 December 3, 2003

2003 Report Cards

Se Ri Pak, Grace Park
Hee-Won Han, Mi Hyun Kim
Jeong Jang, Soo-Yun Kang
Gloria Park, Jung Yeon Lee
Some other players
Mi Hyun Kim

Money list total: $511,188 (20th)
Scoring Average: 71.13 (18th)
Player of the Year Total: 29.00 (27th)
Wins: 0
Majors: 0 (0 top tens)
Top 2's: 0
Top 5's: 4
Top 10's: 5
Missed cuts: 1
Birdies: 314 (11th)
Eagles: 3 (T-52)
Greens in Regulation: .700 (11th)
Other notable stats:
13th in rounds under par (46); 4th in rounds in the 60s (36); T-2nd in driving accuracy (82.2%); 60th in putting (29.86); 130th in driving distance (242.3 yards); 12th in sand saves (.459)

Notable achievements:
For a while this season, Mi Hyun had the longest active streak of cuts made on tour. Eventually she missed a cut at the British Open to end that streak.

Despite struggling much of the season with her putting, she was still one of the top players in the league in driving accuracy, greens in regulation and rounds in the 60s.

This was the second season in her career where she did not manage a win, and the first season where she did not finish in the top ten on the money list.

At times this year, Mi Hyun used a 'stubby' putter, a tiny faced putter primarily meant to be used in practice. It helped a bit, but not enough.

Mi Hyun Kim had a very weak season in 2003 by her standards. 2002 was her best season, with two wins and a finish of fourth place on the money list. At the end of the year, despite inroads made by Grace Park and Hee-Won Han, Peanut was still clearly the second best Korean player on tour.

However, this year, Grace passed her, and possibly Hee-Won did as well. Her main problem all year was putting, normally one of her strongest suits. She was still hitting a fair number of greens (though down a bit as well from 2002), and her accuracy off the tee was first rate. But she plunged in the putting stats from her 2002 standard of 29.3 (which was 17th in the league) to her 2003 mark of 29.86, which was only 60th. That's more than a half stroke difference per round.

Furthermore, she has never had a season with so few top tens. Mi Hyun can usually be counted on to have 10 - 12 top tens in a season, and to contend most of the time in that stretch. This year, however, she had only 5 top tens, a career low by a wide margin. Even in her winless 2001 season, she managed a dozen top tens to finish 8th on the money list, and had several great chances to collect a trophy. This year, she had only one really good chance to win, at the Tournament of Champions.

As a result, she had her worst finish on the money list, 20th. Never before had she finished worse than 8th, and last year she was 4th. Definitely not the results she was hoping for at the start of the year.

Her year in the Majors was pretty weak as well. She did not manage better than 30th at any of them this year. Majors have rarely been her strongest events (though she has had a few great ones), but this is a pretty bad result for her nonetheless.

What she should work on:
Peanut's greatest weakness is her driving distance, but there is not much she can do to improve that I think (although she does seems to be getting shorter, possibly as a result of work to shorten her swing to make it more consistent). But her main goal has to be to get her confidence back on the greens. If she can do that, she can perhaps rise again to the levels of greatness she is capable of.

Final Grade:
C Summary:
By far Mi Hyun's worst season to date, she still was pretty good in most statistical categories. Her driving is very straight, her work with fairway woods still deadly, her creativity around the greens impressive. She just needs to get back to her usual putting accuracy, and she will return to her former levels of performance.
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