Inbee Park (South Korea), who took the lead at the US Women’s Open in the 2nd round and never relinquished it, has joined Babe Zaharias in the women’s golf history book! They are the only women to win 3 LPGA major tournaments back-to-back in a signle year. Park will have an opportunity to surpass her own record at the British Women’s Open at St. Andrews August 1-4 and become the only golfer, male or female, to win 4 major tournaments in a single year. The Grand Slam awaits a victor!
Annika Sorenstam observed that “the story coming in was Inbee Park and the story coming out is Inbee Park.” Playing a steady, serene, and near-flawless game, Park never wavered in her march to the championship.
Park showed none of the nervousness she admitted she felt last night as she moved from one hole to the next, playing with steady, sturdy precision, even during a 3-bogey run in the middle of the round.
Managed by the USGA, the 2013 US Women’s Open attracted players from 44 countries around the globe, and has become a showcase for women’s golf.
South Korean players dominated the top of the Open leaderboard, the legacy of Se Ri Pak, who won the Open in 1998, when Park was 10 years old, and inspired a generation of South Korean women golfers. I.K. Kim (South Korea finished at -4 in a solid 2nd place, followed by So Yeon Ryu, at -1 in a solo 3rd place. Ironically, Pak entered the 2013 Open but failed to make the cut.
Brittany Lang (USA), who will defend her title at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic July 11-14 in Waterloo, Ontario, finished the Open at +2, in a 2-way tie with Jessica Korda (USA) for 6th place.
Amateur Lydia Ko (New Zealand, finished the final round at even par, 4 birdies balancing out a double and 2 bogeys. Ko carded +11 for the Open. At 16, Ko has a long career ahead of her, and plenty of time to build the mental stamina that’s needed to take the coveted top spot at the US Women’s Open. Stacy Lewis (USA), who finished the tournament at +12, one stroke behind Ko, simply wasn’t able to get her game fired up.