If Inbee Park were playing on the PGA Tour, there is no doubt in my mind that she would be blowing up Sports Center, and dominating every sports news site on the Internet. But because she plays on the LPGA Tour, five victories, and two majors in twelve starts for the 2013 season is getting little recognition. With the Women’s US Open on the schedule this week, Inbee Park has a chance to put herself on a very special list if she can come away with another win this weekend.
There has only been three female golfers who have won three major championships in one year, and only one in history to win three in a row. Babe Zaharias, Mickey Wright, and Pat Bradley(Keegan’s aunt). Babe Zaharias won three majors in a row in 1950, The Titleholders Championship, The Western Women’s Open, and The US Women’s Open. That’s some rarified air.
Inbee Park is the number one Rolex ranked golfer on the LPGA, and is having one of the best seasons on any professional golf tour. Her putter, which is the key to her success, cooled down a little after her first major of the year at The Kraft Nabisco Championship, but the 24 year-old South Korean has warmed it up as of late.
“I’ve won a lot of times this year, but I still feel the pressure coming into the final round every time,” Park said. “I definitely felt a lot of pressure in the playoff. I think that’s going to happen no matter how many times I win.
“It gets more exciting and more exciting, that’s for sure.”
The next time you want bust up your golf clubs, and give up the game, take a look at the story of Ken Duke. Duke has fought physical problems for his entire life, and finally breaks through for a win on the PGA Tour at age 44. “Never Give Up”
In his last start before taking a break, Ernie Els picks up a victory at the BMW International Open In Munich on Sunday. The Big Easy will take some time to rest up before defending his Open Championship title next month in Scotland at Muirfield.
As many of the old traditional tournaments fall by the wayside in the world of modern equipment, and super-star athletes, it’s nice to see someone step up to save some of these older venues. Most of the older courses were designed to accommodate wooden clubs, low-tech golf balls, and small crowds and are not the money-makers provided by the TPC Courses. They do, however, keep the historical perspective alive in a world that is quickly abandoning it, in lieu of the almighty dollar.
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