August 04, 2015 09:23
Park In-bee, the world's top competitor in women's golf, came from behind to become the seventh person and first Asian to achieve a career grand slam in the U.S. LPGA Tour by winning the Ricoh Women's British Open on Sunday.
Park overcame a three-shot deficit by hitting 7-under 65 in the final fourth round. She finished with 12-under 276 to stay three shots ahead of runner-up Ko Jin-young and earned US$450,000.
With her great mental strength, Park has rewritten the history of women's golf at just 27.
Park's first major title came in 2008 at the U.S. Women's Open. She won the Evian Championship in 2012 before it was promoted and became the fifth major competition. Park's remarkable run in majors happened in 2013 when she won three consecutive major titles in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, LPGA Championship and U.S. Women's Open.
A career grand slam was the biggest remaining goal of her decorated career, which finally came true on Sunday in Turnberry, Scotland. Before the event, she trained in cold weather and strong winds, wearing padded jackets to simulate Scotland's climate.
She certainly struggled at first but finally took the lead with just two holes remaining in the final round.
"There were at least 10 times during the week when I wanted to give up," Park said. "When the rain was pouring down, when the wind was blowing, when my 5-iron only went 100 yards, I just felt so bad. I wanted to give in, but you can't give in."
ESPN clearly holds Park in high regard.
"Already a colossus of Korean golf, her victory in the 2015 Ricoh Women's British Open on Sunday confirms she deserves to be acknowledged as a true legend in women's golf," the network reported.
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