LPGA.com counts down to the end of 2013 with the LPGA Tour's 13 top stories of the year. Join us as we look back at the year's most memorable milestones. Read about Park’s historical 2013 season in Story No. 7.
In the matter of weeks, South Korea’s Inbee Park became not only the No. 1 player in the world, but the No. 1 story of the 2013 LPGA Tour season.
Coming off a 2012 season where she produced 12 top-10 finishes in the last half of the year, momentum was on Park’s side and she started the 2013 season off with a win at the Honda LPGA Thailand. From there, Park was unstoppable, notching her first major of the season at the Kraft Nabisco Championship which started a journey she never imagined she would be on.
Over the span of ten tournaments in the middle of the season, Park became the No. 1 women’s golfer in the world, captured five wins including three major championships and two additional top-10 finishes. But the most remarkable achievement through that stint was when she made her first mark in LPGA Tour history, becoming the second player – and first in the modern era – to win the first three majors of the season.
Park rounded out her season with three additional top-10 finishes in the final five events to solidify her top spot on the official money list with more than $2.4 million for the second-consecutive year.
It seemed only fitting for Park to end her historical season with yet another exclamation point. At the CME Group Titleholders, Park was presented with the coveted Player of the Year award, an award that no other South Korean has claimed in LPGA Tour history.
“Unexpectedly, as soon as happiness became my goal, I achieved more than ever,” said Park in her acceptance speech. “This year I had my best season yet, with six wins, including three straight major championships. I think that makes for a great year, don’t you think?”