Recap: Park takes the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and makes history

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, second major of the year for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), promised to be a world-class for both the players and fans. A championship course and a world stage fulfilled the event’s needs and the goal of elevating women’s golf was accomplished. The PGA of America in close collaboration with the LPGA and their sponsor, KPMG, organized a first-class event where celebrating and empowering women was also one of the main purposes.

The players did their part on the Westchester Country Club course where Inbee Park played an outstanding golf and managed to claim her third straight KPMG PGA Women’s Championship title with a 19-under par. Fans were able to witness the battle between Inbee and Sei Young Kim on Sunday, being Park who emerged triumphant after a final round of 68.

With her three-peat Park made it into women’s golf history and matched the record set by Annika Sorenstam and Patty Berg. Annika won the formerly known LPGA Championship three straight years (2003-2005), while Berg won the Titleholders Championship in 1937, 1938, and 1939.

“I do things that I can’t even believe,” Inbee said Sunday night after conquering her sixth major victory. “I played great the last three days and I couldn’t even believe myself, I made no bogeys for three days.”

Players like Lexi Thompson and Sandra Gal caught fire and shot final rounds of 66 on Sunday to tied the low score of the week and finish in third place, at 12-under. Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel also turned in notable scorecards to finish the championship at 11-under par and 10-under par respectively.

With her win at the second major of the year the 26-year-old South Korean player reclaimed the No.1 world ranking spot and overtook Lydia Ko, who missed the cut for the first time in 54 tour starts. This is Inbee’s third time as world’s number one; she held the position for the first time in 2013.

The tour will get a week off and then head into a 4-week stretch where the Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, Marathon Classic and the Meijer LPGA Classic will be played. Stacy Lewis will be the defending champion at Arkansas where she won in 2014 with 12-under par.

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