If anybody is capable of following up a win at the U.S. Women’s Open with a win at the Women’s British Open it’s Sung Hyun Park.
The oddsmakers have Park trailing Thompson, but not by much. I see them as rather equally matched. Don’t let Park’s LPGA rookie status fool you. With 7 KLPGA wins on her résumé she’s well-experienced at closing the deal.
This is Park’s second Women’s British Open start and she may be at a slight disadvantage in that she didn’t play the Ladies Scottish Open, so she’s going to have to make some quick adjustments to her game.
Still, Sung Hyun Park has demonstrated that she carries a well-honed game in her bag and she swings her sticks with a killer instinct, so I’m not terribly concerned about that week of rest.
I hope Park and Thompson are paired for the early rounds. They’re likely to match each other off the tee and in their Kingsbarns rough adventures. Park is slightly more successful on the putting surface than Thompson but not by enough to make a real difference in shot-for-shot competition.