Park In-bee Earns 1st LPGA Win in a Year

  • By Min Hak-soo

    March 20, 2018 10:02

    Park In-bee won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday. She led the match with 10 consecutive pars after birdying the first hole.

    British veteran Laura Davis, 54, trailed her closely, but Park sealed her 19th LPGA victory by birdying four straight holes, showing off her excellent putting skills.

    Park In-bee tees off during the final round of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday. /AP-Yonhap

    It is Park's first LGPA title in a year. She told the Chosun Ilbo after the match that she was frustrated in August last year when she was forced to quit the season halfway through due to a back injury.

    "It seemed like a sign that I should quit my golf career," she recalled. "I think I struggled to find motivation, after winning the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil."

    But Park was able to set new goals and stay motivated, after running one of the last legs as a torchbearer for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang last month.

    "I was really excited and grateful to be invited to such a big sports event. Standing in the middle of the cheering crowds, I remembered how hard I tried [at the Olympics]," she said.

    Park turns 30 in about three months. "I think today's win must be a positive sign to start my 30s with renewed determination."

    Park added, "I don't want to be a golfer who lives for fame. I want to do my best until the moment I retire, just like Annika Sorenstam, who showed her very best until the last season of her career."

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