November 18, 2013 11:18
Park In-bee has become the first Korean to be named the LPGA's Player of the Year. This is the most prestigious of five awards handed out at the end of each season by the association.
She finished fourth at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday after shooting a final round 69 to end at 11-under-par 277.
With the result from Sunday's tournament, Park earned the honor ahead of the season-ending CME Group Titleholders this week in Naples, Florida.
Her strongest rival for the award, Suzann Pettersen of Norway, had to settle for a share of fifth place in Guadalajara after finishing one stroke behind Park. The result gave the Korean an unassailable lead in the points race.
Park earned 290 points from six previous wins this season, including headline-grabbing victories at three consecutive majors, while Pettersen racked up 252 points heading into the tournament in Mexico.
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