Park In-bee Rounds Off Bumper Year

      November 26, 2013 12:49

      Park In-bee /AP-Newsis

      Park In-bee has had a bumper year, winning the first majors of the season, ranking the No. 1 in the women's golf, and becoming the first Korean golfer to net the LPGA's Player of the Year award.

      She also became the first Korean to collect six wins in a season. Most of these feats are hard to achieve in a lifetime, let alone a single year.

      The year came to a splendid end. After finishing fourth at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational last week, she came fifth with a total of 11-under 277 at the CME Group Titleholders, the season finale, at Triburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida on Monday.

      The 25-year-old topped the money list for the second straight year, beating Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Stacy Lewis of the U.S., who are also Nos. 2 and 3 in the world.

      She also maintained the top ranking for the 33rd week.

      Park won her second money title this season with US$2.46 million after last year's $2.29 million. Second-placed Petterson earned $2.3 million.

      Among Korean players, Shin Ji-yai topped the money list in 2009 and Choi Na-yeon in 2010.

      Park declared herself satisfied with the result although she did not win the final event of the season.

      She will return home to rest before entering the KLPGA Tour Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in Taiwan on Dec. 6. She plans to begin her 2014 season at the Honda Thailand event in February after training in Gold Coast, Australia.

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