Each week throughout 2012, we will spotlight one LPGA player and provide an in depth look into her life - both on and off the course. Keep coming back each day to learn more about Inbee Park.
Inbee Park's Summer Slam
by Ward Clayton
No one has had a better summer than Inbee Park. Beginning with the Wegmans LPGA Championship in early June, the 24-year-old South Korean has recorded eight consecutive top-10 finishes. That includes a victory at the Evian Masters, a playoff loss at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic and a second-place finish at the CN Canadian Women’s Open last week.
“I try to not think about that and just play week by week,” Park said last week. “That’s been working really good.”
Park earned solo second at the CN Canadian Women’s Open when she holed a pitch shot from 60 yards on the 72nd hole. With amateur Lydia Ko capturing the title, first-place money went to the runner-up, giving Park the $300,000 first-place check and bumping her into first place on the money list with $1,419,940, ahead of Stacy Lewis ($1,301,496). Park has earned $1,291,538 million (91 percent) of that in the last eight events. More>>
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Walk in the Park
Korean talent enjoying success on LPGA Tour
by Neal Reid
Sometimes, the smallest change can have the greatest impact.
After a subtle offseason swing change, Korea’s Inbee Park has enjoyed a stellar 2012, notching nine consecutive top-10 finishes to take over the top spot on the LPGA Tour money list. Park also claimed her second career victory after winning the Evian Masters, a triumph that ended a nearly four-year winless streak that was, at times, frustrated for the young talent.
The youngest player to win the U.S. Women’s Open at 19 years, 11 months, 17 days in 2008, Park has 34 career top-10s, more than $4.6 million in career earnings and has risen to seventh in the Rolex Women’s Golf World Rankings. Park stands atop the 2012 money list with $1,669,608 and is all smiles heading into the final quarter of the LPGA Tour season. More>>