Inbee Park cruised to a comfortable four stroke win at the U.S. Women’s Open today, her third major championship victory in a row. The South Korean methodically dominated the field throughout the tournament, and has become just the second woman in the history of the LPGA to win the first three major tournaments in a season.
She finished her round today with a two over par 74, and further solidified her position as the number one ranked woman in golf. World number two I.K. Kim was kept at bay throughout the tournament in route to a second place finish. Kim also managed a 74 on today’s round.
The conditions today were cloudy, yet nothing could damper the confidence that Inbee Park carried into the U.S. Open’s final round. When asked about her chances of victory prior to the round she said “I mean, leading means that you played better than everybody else for three days and you’re in the best position going into the final day, so I think you have an advantage over others. You probably have a little more pressure, but I think you should be able to handle that.”
Fans of women’s golf, as well as the players on tour have begun to take notice of Inbee Park after her remarkable third straight major victory. Hall of Fame inductee Karie Webb had plenty of praise for Park, going as far as to wonder if she is even human.”I think I have a heartbeat. I don’t know if Inbee has one” the seven time major champion said. “You can obviously feel for someone like I.K. Kim who would be winning any other U.S. Open on this golf course if it weren’t for Inbee. Sometimes it’s just not good enough when someone is as hot as Inbee is.”
Dominance describes Inbee Park’s performance at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. She finished the tournament at 8 under par to earn her third straight major win. Second place Kim finished at four under par and Yeon Ryu came in third place at one under par. The rest of the field was over par. She defeated everyone in the field not named I.K. Kim by a ridiculous seven plus strokes.
No woman has ever won all five majors in the same year, however Inbee Park is in good position to accomplish the previously unthinkable after earning her third straight major win in a row.
In the history of golf, including both the male and female professional tours, only two players have won four straight major tournaments. That elite group includes Tiger Woods, who accomplished the feat between 2000 and 2001. Mickey Wright is the only other player besides Woods to do so, and one would have to look back all the way to 1961 to see his spot in the record books.
Inbee Park has simply been a step above the competition during her hot streak, earning her third straight major victory at the U.S. Women’s Open. She is now one step closer to accomplishing the unthinkable feat of winning all five women’s major tournaments in the same year.
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