|Christina Kim has won twice on the LPGA over her 10-year career. (Getty Images)|
There are few people in all of golf who are more entertaining than Christina Kim. Love her or hate her, she never holds back with what she's thinking, on and off the golf course. Recently, Kim has been in the golf news because of what some are calling a Twitter dustup with fellow LPGA-er Brittany Lincicome, and while we did chat with her about that, it was the other stuff that really was interesting.
Read Christina talk about her return to Q-School, her open battle with depression and the strangest thing anyone has ever said to her on a golf course, and follow her on Twitter right here.
Q. You're heading to Q-School this year for the first time in your career. Nobody is going to say they're excited about having to do it, but what is your approach to it? Going to it like a regular LPGA event or something different?
1.) The slow players on tour (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE, EVERYONE KNOWS WHO YOU ARE) get assessed two strokes at the beginning of their round, and if they are able to keep up with the group in front of them, the penalty gets lifted. Of course, if there is a wonky ruling or someone falls in a creek, thus falling out of place, I would put that into consideration. But if they just gung-ho play slow (like the rhyming there?), then no. ADD TWO.
2.) I understand that in the end, we are athletes playing golf, and should solely be judged by our performance. But the day and age we are in now makes us much more than athletes. I hate to use the term entertainer, because I think of the things that entertain me, and I cannot find the correlation between a ball of yarn and a professional golfer. That being said, I think that I would enforce that every player undergo mandatory, not psych evals (professional golfers border on the obsessive, what with our odd routines, superstitions and the like), but communication training. This does not mean you have to stand in front of a dozen reporters and have to go over your round in a comical way, but to me, communication includes how you interact with your fellow players, your fans, your sponsors and people you never even speak to. I know I am guilty of being a crabby Abbie (note: ENTIRE 2012 season), but in the end, we are doing what we love for a living. Not many people can say that is the truth. We need to learn to appreciate what we have, be kind and courteous to those around us, and tweet back at our fans. I will not have an English speaking requirement, because one of the things that make the LPGA so special is how diverse we are. We should be celebrating our diversity, because other than being human beings, we are all different from one another.
3.) More ice cream. I know you said two, but if Mike Whan is giving me two, might as well add in another.
I also wanted to help others and show them that every one of us is so much more than what we see on TV, what we do on the course, or what we read in magazines. People are hurting all over the world in ways we can barely fathom, and I thought that if someone was hurting, who followed me on Twitter or whatever, or even someone who mistakenly read my blog and realized either that it's OK to hurt, so long as we try to find a way to heal, or that they weren't alone, my life's work of helping others was on the right path. In this digitized age of every photo we have been in, every text we sent, and every interview we have done being available on the Web, I figured I would bring it out in my voice, without any interference, or any third party. This is a story of my struggles and my path finding, so who better to bring it to light than myself?
No, seriously, I don't know. I think the LPGA spends more time on Twitter than the PGA Tour guys, but moreover I think that as a whole, women have a genetic predisposition towards communicating. We go to some of the most amazing places on Earth to play and showcase the game of golf, and we want to share our experiences. Regarding chatting with one another, I don't know. I may make a comment or three regarding another player's post, but I never have a straight-up conversation on Twitter. I always e-mail or text if I think it's something worth discussing, otherwise my tweets are generally just an opinion being stated and that's that. I don't need to be told I am right or wrong in my beliefs, and I try to avoid doing the same.
Kim: Youngish guy fan: "Will you marry me?"
Me: "I have a boyfriend, sorry"
Same guy: "I was talking to Natalie"
Nah, I get that so often I don't think it strange anymore. I think honestly, that the strangest thing a fan has ever yelled out to me was at the Kraft Nabisco earlier this year when a youngish gentleman bellowed as if he were merely a vessel for the Dark Lord
"GET IN THE HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLE!" followed by a proud and quieter "Do you think that was loud enough?"
To which I replied, "NO. Next time yell it louder. Then maybe the ball will listen to you."