The Korean Double
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/18/14
Golf Channel is calling her "the Queen 'Bee" — with good reason. Inbee Park, originally from Seoul, South Korea, captured her second consecutive LPGA Championship and her fifth major overall on Sunday, upending Florida native Brittany Lincicome on the first hole of a sudden death playoff at the 60th LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club, in the suburbs of Rochester, New York.
Understandably, while Park was happy with the result, Lincicome was notably disappointed; she was trying to capture her second major championship (2009 Dinah Shore) and her first victory since the 2011 Canadian Women's Open:
"Just need to learn how to control the nerves a little bit more. I was really, really nervous coming down the stretch, especially the 18th hole and then the playoff, that putt that I had, the first putt, and then the chip that I had I was shaking like a leaf, which it's hard to do anything when you're shaking. I feel like I was like — I don't know what I had, but it’s just not a fun feeling."We are inclined to believe that Lincicome will put herself in the winner's circle again; her 67-68-71-71 = 277 (-11) not only forced a playoff, but was three shots ahead of solo-third-place Lydia Ko and five shots ahead of 2013 Solheim Cup stars Azahara Muñoz of Spain and Anna Nordqvist of Sweden.
This was Lincicome's second top-ten finish of the year. She is ranked 3rd in driving distance, 8th in eagles, and currently stands 11th on the 2015 Solheim Cup points list. However, she's ranked 109th in putting, which may have exacerbated her nerves on Sunday in Rochester.
Meanwhile, at the final of the men's U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, 20-year-old Gunn Yang of Pyeongchang (and no relation to 2009 PGA Champion Y.E. Yang) defeated Corey Conners of Listowel, Ontario, 2 & 1.
Yang plays college golf at San Diego State University and played competitive amateur golf in Australia for five years before coming to California for college — and more amateur golf. Conners just graduated from Kent State University in Ohio and made last year's semi-finals, as well. Both men are exempted into the 2015 U.S. Open, the 2015 Masters Tournament, and the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields near Chicago — provided they keep their amateur status, of course.
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That Bee is one badass bitch. If there was a putt to save the world, she should hit it.
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