Last week at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, South Korea Inbee Park came on to scene and showed us why she is the No.1 ranked player in the world. When everything pointed to another surprising major, 27-year-old Park started Sunday’s round three shot-back from the lead but signed a final round of 65-shots to earn the seventh major title of her career.
Jin-Young Ko was having an outstanding week at the Aisla Course and managed to take the 54-hole lead despite harsh weather conditions. And thanks the knowledge of her local caddie, Jeff Brighton, who guided her through a notoriously difficult course on Scotland’s coast.
Young had a steady start on Sunday and stretched her lead after going eagle-birdie on 7 and 8. But after a making a bogey and a double-bogey on the back nine, her chances to win her first-ever major start vanished. This opened the door for the cool and hyper-focused, Inbee Park to take the lead.
Park holed birdies starting her round but then stumbled back on the leaderboard after successive bogeys at 4 and 5. From that point on her round was full of positives making five birdies and an eagle in the remaining 13 holes to claim the title at 12-under.
“Greatest day of my life yet,” said a pleased Park said after her victory. “I can’t really say what the next goal is because this is the one I set for my career. There are a lot of legendary players I should look up to. For now I should relax and enjoy this moment.”
After Park’s win, the LPGA stated that her achievement would be recognized as Career Grand Slam even though she hasn’t won all the possible majors to win in women’s golf. Inbee has yet one more major event to play this year, the Evian Championship this September in France. In the event that Park were to win the Evian Championship, the LPGA would acknowledge it like a Super Career Grand Slam.
Norwegian born Suzann Pettersen, who was just one shot behind the lead, was one of the favorites to take the win. But was letdown by her putting and shot a final round even-par 72 to finish with a solo fifth place at 7-under. Lydia Ko from New Zealand and So Yeon Ryu from South Korea tied for third at 8-under.
The LPGA Tour will take a week off and will be back in action on August 13th, as they get ready to head to Portland, Oregon.
The Cambia Portland Classic and the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open will be the last two events counting to allow Lizette Salas, Paula Creamer and Brittany Lang to deliver the good numbers if they want to make the U.S. team.