In April, LPGA veteran IK Kim was in the desert finishing in a tie for fourth at the ANA Inspiration, a major golf tournament in front of large crowds and a large media following.
Monday, Kim, a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour, was back in the desert golfing. This time, there was little fanfare, but what she was doing was quite rare. Kim was competing in first-stage qualifying for the men’s U.S. Open at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, put on by the USGA and the SCGA.
She shot an 81 on the 7,192-yard course, nine strokes off the qualifying pace, but she said the goal wasn’t as much to qualify as to try something different and get some competition in as the women’s tour is off for the next couple weeks.
“I just wanted…