Returning Home, Park In-bee Relishes Huge Victory

      August 05, 2015 10:40

      Park In-bee waves to fans on arrival at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday. /Newsis

      Park In-bee, the world's top female golfer, arrived home Tuesday after her triumph at the Ricoh British Women's Open in Scotland.

      Though famous for not showing emotion, she did shed a few tears when holding the trophy on Sunday.

      "I felt a lump in my throat because it was something I really wanted," Park said. "My husband [her swing coach Nam Ki-hyeob] always works harder than me. I think it's his efforts that paid off more than mine."

      Park had a shot at the British Women's Open in 2013 and 2014, but ended up in 42nd and fourth place, respectively.

      "I learned from 2013 that I should never give up until the very end, and a year later, I learned that I shouldn't let my ambition get in my way," she said. "I was able to win this time only because of the lessons I learned in the previous two attempts."

      Though she suffered back pain and struggled with accuracy in the days leading up to the competition, she persevered.

      The golfer has yet to think much about her future, but she has some set plans.

      "The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where golf will become an official sport, aren't too far off. My dream is to represent my country rather than win a medal," Park said, ever humble.

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