Putting for dough

Inbee Park

Inbee Park of South Korea celebrates after making the final putt to win the tournament during the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club on April 7, 2013 in Rancho Mirage, California.

There’s no question Inbee Park’s putter was on fire this week as she sunk 20 birdie putts through four rounds en route to claiming the Kraft Nabisco Championship title. Practice partner So Yeon Ryu says Park’s impeccable putting derives from winning occasional wagers during practice rounds.

“Actually first of all, she really likes to gamble, so when I practice with her she always calls me to gamble like 10 bucks a hole, whatever,” said Ryu. “But she always makes the hardest par putts, like eight‑foot par putts, 16‑foot par putts.  I can't win like 10 bucks.  She always wins like 50 bucks.  She always takes my money, so she always buys me dinner, lunch, whatever.

“Anyway, the important thing is she looks so easy, and putting is so easy.  Sometimes my putting was really great when I was playing with her, but not enough.”

So, what’s her trick? Ryu says she Park gave her a simple tip that has helped her putting stroke as well.

“I think her tempo is really great,” said Ryu says of Park’s putting stroke. “Her tempo is always consistent.  And what else?  Oh, and she taught me that when she was putting, the weight is a bit on the left side.  She looks like 70 and 30, and she says, before her weight was like 50/50, but now she changed it, and her weight has moved a bit more to the left side.  She said that's really helped her putting.”

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