Inbee In 39
By Torleif Sorenson on 6/10/13
For any golfer to win a professional major is a huge accomplishment. To win a major while playing 36 holes on the final day is even more punishing, as the late Ben Hogan and Ken Venturi have shown. But to have to go three additional sudden-death playoff holes beyond 36, then sink a birdie to finish off an opponent is pretty rare territory and would seemingly require someone with major championship experience.
Inbee Park showed that on Sunday.
Park sank a 20-foot bird on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff against Catriona Matthew of Scotland to capture the LPGA Championship on Sunday at Locust Hill CC in Pittsford, New York. This is Park's second straight major (third overall), having won the Kraft Nabisco Championship (f.k.a. "The Dinah") in April. Still...
"I actually thought I was very lucky to get in the playoff. I just hit it everywhere. I wasn't hitting any fairways.Park is now only the third player in history to capture "The Dinah" and the LPGA Championship in the same year, joining Annika Sorenstam (2005) and Pat Bradley (1986). Perhaps not coincidentally, those two women are in the World Golf Hall of Fame. But unlike Tiger Woods, Park fortunately did not have to get there on a shredded ACL.
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I was reminded recently that Ms. Park and Adam Scott are both in the running for winning the Grand Slam. Park's may arguably be the harder road since she has to win a total of 5 championships versus the mere 4 majors on the men's circuit. Still she has the first two legs.
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