Can Inbee go 4 for 4?
Playing For History
By mustang6560 on 7/30/13
The fact Inbee Park could make history at the historic Old Course at St. Andrews is not lost on Bob Harig.
The Old Course is where it all began, where many believe the game's origins took their root. If not, then the place is certainly golf's spiritual home, with a huge link to its history.

So it is only fitting that South Korea's Inbee Park attempt to make a bit of her own at the home of golf.

The LPGA star has won the year's first three major championships and goes for a fourth straight -- Grand Slam or not -- when the Ricoh Women's British Open is played on the storied links.
If the pressure of winning an unprecedented fourth major championship in a row isn't enough, Mechelle Voepel notes that Inbee is also carrying the weight of an entire golfing nation on her shoulders as she plays for history.
"Obviously, we are very proud to represent South Korea on the world level," Park said of herself and other athletes. "If I'm able to put a Korean name on such an historical trophy -- putting my name into the history of golf -- I mean, all of Korea is watching me, and they are very proud of me. Not many people get this kind of opportunity, and I'm the lucky one."

But does it ever feel burdensome? The sports world recently witnessed Andy Murray's reaction to winning Wimbledon. It was almost as much intense relief as joy, since for years he clearly had felt weighed down by the dreams of the entire United Kingdom.

Park said she doesn't look at hopes/expectations in a negative way. Her run at golf history lets us take a broad view of the nation she comes from, and how its sports heroes -- female golfers in particular over the past 15 years, spurred by the transformational success of Se Ri Pak -- have come to represent more than just athletic triumph.
I am genuinely excited about the Women's British Open. Like the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, watching a major (men or women) at the Old Course adds an extra level of excitement. And come Sunday, if Inbee has a chance to win, it'll further enhance the experience.

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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
Having just played the Old Course in 35 mph breeze, it will be a challenge for the ladies if the breeze gets up. I am pulling for Ms. Park to finish the deal. She's got game.
joe jones says:
Inbee seems to play with fantastic control. If the course is set up with reasonable distance I see no reason why she can't win. Her putting gives her a tremendous advantage. BKuehn has it right. The weather can be a great equalizer. Dependent on whether she plays early/late or late early it's just the luck of the draw.
mmontisano says:
i have no idea why every golf article written right now is not about her potentially winning the Grand Slam. she's already made history, but this would put her in the upper echelon if she can win here. even if she never wins again, she'll be in all of the history books.
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