Inbee Park’s Historic Run to Rolex Player of the Year Honors

Inbee Park

Rolex Rankings No.1 Inbee Park made history again on Sunday when she became the first South Korean player on the LPGA Tour to win the coveted Rolex Player of the Year award. With her fourth-place finish at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Park earned seven points to put her 39 points ahead of No. 2 Suzann Pettersen heading into this week’s season-ending CME Group Titleholders, mathematically securing her the title.

The honor caps off what has been a remarkable season for the 25-year old Park. Let’s take a look back at her amazing 2013 season when she took the Tour by storm and etched her name several times over in the LPGA Tour record books. Below is an in-depth look at her historic run to Rolex Player of the Year.

TRIPS TO THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

  • SIX WINS in 2013: Park leads the Tour with six victories this season including the first three major championships
    • 2013 Honda LPGA Thailand (won by one shot over Ariya Jutanugarn)
    • 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship (won by four shots over So Yeon Ryu)
    • 2013 North Texas LPGA Shootout (won by one shot over Carlota Ciganda)
    • 2013 Wegmans LPGA Championship (defeated Catriona Matthew in a three-hole, sudden-death playoff)
    • 2013 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (defeated So Yeon Ryu in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff)
    • 2013 U.S. Women’s Open (won by four shots over I.K. Kim)
  • She became the second player in LPGA history – and first in the modern era – to win the first three majors of the season.
  • Park’s win at the U.S. Women’s Open capped off a stretch where she notched eight victories in 24 starts and had five runner-up finishes over that span

JOURNEY TO THE TOP

  • Park took over the top spot in the Rolex Player of the Year race after her win at the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship. That same week, she claimed the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings, a position she has held for 32-consecutive weeks.
  • She led the Player of the Year race for the remaining 20 tournament weeks before clinching the honor last week at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex with a fourth-place finish.
  • Park headed into the penultimate event on the schedule with a 38-point lead over Suzann Pettersen and Pettersen needed to finish third or better to remain in the race. Pettersen finished T5.

OTHER HONORS

  • Park made history as she became the first South Korean to claim Rolex Player of the Year honors.
    • Fellow South Korean Se Ri Pak earned 25 LPGA Tour victories since 1998 but was never named Rolex Player of the Year.
  • 2013 marks the second-consecutive year Park crossed the $2 million mark in single-season earnings. She finished with $2,287,080 in 2012 and currently sits atop the 2013 LPGA Official Money List with $2,393,513 earned this year.
  • She currently ranks 18th on the LPGA’s Career Money List with $7,661,237.

Topics: Park, Inbee, Rolex Player of the Year Winner

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