Korean Park Savours Another Major Milestone

INBEE PARK WINNER STATS LOWTurnberry, Scotland: Korean Park In-bee has become just the seventh woman golfer – and the first Asian – to achieve the traditional career Grand Slam.

The world number one carded a superb closing seven-under-par 65 to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open at the Trump Turnberry Resort. In the process , she joined the elite group comprising Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam, Louise Suggs, Karrie Webb and Mickey Wright who have previously achieved that feat.

The 27-year-old from Seoul has also won the Evian Masters, the current fifth Major, albeit before it was accorded that status a couple of years ago.

Park started the final round in a share of fifth place three shots behind leaders, Ko Jin-young and Teresa Lu, but claimed the lead for the first time with an eagle on the 449-yard par-five 14th hole and then sealed the seventh Major victory of her career with a birdie on the 372-yard par-four 16th and pars on the last two holes.

The Korean’s 65 gave her a 72-hole aggregate of 12-under 276 and a two-shot victory over co-third rounder leader Ko. Lu dropped back to sixth place on 282 after carding a 74.

Ko belied the fact she was playing in her first Major by carding a one-under 71 to finish second on 279 while her namesake, Lydia, the world number two, returned a 69 to share third place with Korea’s Ryu So-yeon on eight-under 280.

Anna Nordqvist closed with a 69 to be the leading European in the field in a share of seventh place with Japan’s Mika Miyazato on 283 while Britain’s Amy Boulden and Mel Reid were tied in ninth place with Minjee Lee one shot further behind.

Park In-bee during the final round of the Ricoh Women's British Open. Picture by Getty Images.
Park In-bee during the final round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Picture by Getty Images.

“It feels great to hold this trophy finally,” said the new champion after winning on what was her eighth appearance in the championship. “I have given it a few cracks but it just been so hard.

“This is the one trophy I really wanted to win because it means so much, has so much history. It’s definitely the golfers’ most wanted trophy. I set one goal this year and that was to win the British Open and, being the only goal I’ve set, it feels great.

“Now, I’ve put my name on every single Major,” she added.” I mean the Evian, I won that the year before it became a Major, but I was still the Evian champion and my name is still on the trophy. I feel like I’ve won all the Majors in women’s golf. But it would be nice to win the Evian again as a Major, maybe that should be my goal now.”

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