Every week throughout 2012, we will spotlight one LPGA player and provide an in depth look into her life -- both on the course and off of it. Keep coming back each day to learn more about Se Ri Pak.
RECHARGED POWER PAK
BY NEAL REID
Fifteen years ago, a shy, quiet rookie from South Korea took the golf world by storm.
With four wins – including two majors – Se Ri Pak skyrocketed from a virtual unknown to a superstar nearly overnight. She was the talk of the golfing community, an instant celebrity and a bright star on the rise. Just 20 years old, Pak single-handedly put Korea on the golfing map and inspired thousands of little girls in her homeland.
Pak followed her Rookie of the Year campaign – which she wrapped up nine weeks before the season ended – with six spectacular seasons that included 18 victories (two of them majors), millions of dollars and added pressure and fame. Plagued by injuries in 2005, Pak fought her way back the next two seasons, winning twice and qualifying for the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame.
But years of being in the spotlight and living under a microscope – especially from a dedicated, obsessive and demanding horde of Asian media – took its toll on Pak. She struggled with the constant pressure, and the inevitable happened.
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