July 11, 2013 10:19
World No. 1 Park In-bee is aiming for her fourth consecutive win on the LPGA Tour at the Manulife Financial Classic in Ontario, Canada, which gets under way on Thursday and offers total prize money of US$1.3 million. She will tee off in the first round with Americans Brittany Lang, who won the tournament last year, and Jessica Korda.
Park has won six of 15 events on the tour this season, and recently became the first golfer in 63 years to claim three consecutive majors. If she triumphs in Waterloo this weekend, she will become the first golfer in over five years to collect four straight titles after Mexico’s Lorena Ochoa achieved the feat in 2008.
Nancy Lopez (1978) of the U.S. and Sweden's Annika Sorenstam (2004-2005) jointly hold the record for most consecutive wins as they both claimed five.
Since her latest success at the U.S. Women's Open, Park has been basking in the limelight. She said she was bombarded with calls for several days after the competition ended. "My phone didn't stopped ringing," she said. "I was happy to also receive congratulatory letters from Arnold Palmer and President Park Geun-hye."
The second round of the Financial Classic takes place on Park's 25th birthday. "It'll be great if I can give the title to myself as a birthday present," she said.
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