|Kim said Thursday she might have overexerted herself in the early months, and she had hit a wall before she could get anything going. (Photo from Golf Digest)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] SEOUL: Kim Sei-young had collected at least one LPGA victory in every season since bursting on to the scene in 2015, but that streak came to an end in 2021. Looking back on last season, Kim said Thursday she might have overexerted herself in the early months, and she had hit a wall before she could get anything going. Still hoping to reach the top of the rankings, the world No. 5 said she will try to pace herself better in 2022.
"I had a tough year last year," Kim told reporters after a corporate event in Seoul. "I set some ambitious goals for myself. I wanted to be No. 1 in the world and play well at the (Tokyo) Olympics. I played in a lot of events from early on and traveled quite a bit. I shouldn't have done that, because I ended up being so exhausted both mentally and physically." Kim, the 2020 LPGA Player of the Year, said she'd only spent about two weeks on strength and conditioning work before jumping into the 2021 season, though she had typically devoted about two months to prepare for a new campaign.
"I pushed myself too hard because I wanted to play well at the Olympics," said Kim, who finished tied for ninth in Tokyo.