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LPGA Star Sheds Tears of a Clown

Ben Van Hook/Golf Digest Woman

The last time things fell apart for Christina Kim, she was driving the eight-hour stretch from Prattville, Ala., to her home in Orlando. It was the middle of the night, but she was determined to get there without stopping for a nap. As she got closer to home, the thoughts she had kept at bay since slamming the trunk on her 2012 tour season earlier that evening took over.

During a gas-station pit stop, Kim, 28, saw Halloween decorations in the window. She hadn't celebrated Halloween in more than a decade because the LPGA Tour is usually in Asia that week. But this year Kim hadn't played well enough to qualify for any end-of-season events. Then she realized that for the first time in her life she wouldn't have to fill out an absentee ballot for the presidential election....

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