Park'd in the winner's circle - again
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/8/13
Inbee Park, who on Sunday won the Kraft Nabisco Championship (f.k.a. "The Dinah"), just continues to impress, not just win. In fact, current women's world number-one Stacy Lewis suggests that she is the best putter in the world today - male or female:
“I've seen Inbee do this before. When she rolls it, you just can't beat her. She's the best putter on tour. The course here is a little softer than normal, so I think that's to her advantage. She doesn't hit it as high as some other people, but when she's rolling it, you are not going to beat her."Sure enough, nobody — not even Lewis — could catch her at Mission Hills.
Park was steady all week, finishing Thursday with a 70, lurking just two shots off the pace. On Friday, Park carded a 67 to jump to a one-shot lead over Lizette Salas who, in only her second year on the LPGA Tour, has made the cut in all six tournament she's entered, with three top-ten finishes. On Saturday, Park started roaring away from the field, blistering Mission Hills with another 67, leaving Salas three shots back and a half-dozen golfers six back. Park was able to (relatively) coast to a win with a 69 yesterday, four shots ahead of 2011 U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu.
Following the popular Poppie's Pond plunge with her posse, Park put her paws on the tournament trophy after donning the white robe, the tournament's equivalent of the Green Jacket. Not only is this Park's second major championship, it also makes two tournament wins in five events in 2013; Park captured the Honda LPGA Thailand six weeks ago. With her win on Sunday, Park surges to #2 in the world, just barely behind Stacy Lewis in the world rankings.
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My girl Paula failed again.
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