Park sets sights on another title
Two-time tournament winner is dialed in going into the U.S. Women’s Open
Inbee Park’s focus sharpens during major championship weeks, and the South Korean is dialed in for the U.S. Women’s Open.
Park is back atop the rankings for the third time in her career and leads the LPGA Tour with three victories this season. But the majors have been where she has flourished. Her first win came at the 2008 Women’s Open, and she has six major titles overall including five of the last 12.
When the championship kicks off Thursday morning, Park will face stiff competition in the 156player field that includes nine previous champions, including last year’s winner, Michelle Wie. Other winners include Na Yeon Choi (2012), Paula Creamer (2010), Laura Davies (1987), EunHee Ji (2009), Cristie Kerr (2007), Birdie Kim (2005), So Yeon Ryu (2011) and Karrie Webb (2000, 2001) .
Other players to watch include 18-year-old New Zealander Lydia Ko, who spent time ranked first on the LPGA Tour this season before being overtaken by Park. Brittany Lincicome won the ANA Inspiration in April in California and fellow American Stacey Lewis finished second to Wie in the Women’s Open last year. Standout South Korean rookie Sei Young Kim had her caddie removed from the championship by the United States Golf Association for taking photos of internal notes on the course setup.
Park favours the pressurized atmosphere of the majors and willingly increases her preparation for the tour’s premier events.
“That’s the tournament that you put 100 per cent of your energy and strategy and everything,” Park said of the tour’s five majors.
“When I come to major championships, I work extra hard and I try to look at the course a little bit better.”
Park said she’s boosted by previous wins in major tournaments.
“Having good results helps, that gives me a lot of confidence going into other major championships thinking that I’ve done good on major championships so I can do well in another good one,” she said.
Inbee Park hits a tee shot off the 11th tee during a practice round for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pa., Wednesday.