IBP is 3-for-3
By Torleif Sorenson on 7/1/13
In women's golf, only the legendary Babe Didrikson Zaharias (back in that era) and now 24-year-old Inbee Park have won the first three major championships of the year. For IBP, her victory (-8, 280) yesterday in the U.S. Women's Open Championship is the fourth major of her young career; she won the 2008 U.S. Women's Open at Interlachen just outside Minneapolis.
Only two other women have won three majors in a single season: Mickey Wright (1961) and Pat Bradley (1986). Zaharias, Wright, and Bradley are all in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Sebonack Golf Club got tougher as the week went on; only Park broke par on Saturday, and just four golfers carded rounds under par on Sunday. In fact, Park and runner up I.K. Kim shot 74 on Sunday, so Park's four-shot lead after 54 holes held up at the end.
"I am just very honored to put my name by someone like Babe Zaharias. I don’t know what I just did today; it's something very great. It's scary to think about what I am capable of doing.
Who's Your Caddie?During Saturday's third round, Jessica Korda played the first nine holes +5. That was it for Jason Golroyed:
It worked — Korda played the second nine -1, limiting Saturday's damage to a four-over 76. And on Sunday, Korda carded a see-saw 73 to finish T-7 with Brittany Lang. BTW, Johnny DelPrete plays on the Web.com tour, so he knows plenty about heavy pressure during golf tournaments.
Interestingly, Korda's younger sister, amateur Nelly Korda, made the 36-hole cut, going 73-77-79-81 to finish T-64 at +22.
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I watched a little of this over the weekend. That woman is a machine. Crazy Slow backswing. Effortless follow-through. Everything goes in. She's more like Jeff the Golf Robot than anything I've seen on the LPGA or PGA Tours. IBP is making history like Tiger did in 2000. If you haven't seen IBP play golf. Do so. I think all golfers could learn a thing or two from her.
I watched the weekend rounds. That was a pretty dominant performance by IBP.
Agree with dottomm - I don't watch a lot of LPGA golf, but I think most golfers could learn from what I saw this weekend. They hit the ball about the same distance as the average male (maybe further with driver as they know how to max the roll), but have nice rhythmic controlled swings that stay straight and accurate. Beautiful way to play golf as opposed to the smash and recover on the PGA.
My new putting idol. If there was a putt to save the world, my hopes used to lie with Ai Miyazato but now I think its IBP who should represent all mankind. Yes, these are the things I think about.
Haa, I think I agree Beef. Who are the runners up on that list?
On a different note - I love something about athletes that play at these high levels and are seemingly ready for a nap or just flat-lined in regards to emotion.
joe jones says:
Loved Sabaonack. Strange that two so different designers could join forces to create what looks like a master piece.Nicklaus and Bob Cupp being able to join forces to create this gem is wonderful. I would have loved to listen to them discuss what went where and how they were going to shape the course. IBP is a marvel. She never gets flustered and is just about the best damn putter I have ever seen. And I have seen some of the best.
Nicklaus and Tom Doak teamed up for Sebonak. and from what I've read, there was quite a bit of tension in the meeting rooms. but hats off to Inbee Park. this is an amazing run and I can't wait for the women's Open Championship.
Torleif Sorenson says:
That goes double for me; I'm looking forward to seeing the Women's Open. Plus, it will be played over the Old Course at Saint Andrews!
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