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Golf: Park In-bee completes career Grand Slam at British Open

Park In-bee completed the traditional career Grand Slam after winning her fourth different major. Photo: AFP.

An emotional Park In-bee won her fourth different major and seventh overall at the Women’s British Open. Photo: AFP.

August 3, 2015: World No. 1 Park In-bee won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in Scotland on Sunday to become just the seventh female golfer to complete the traditional career Grand Slam.

 

The South Korean carded a course-record equalling 65 in the final round at Trump Turnberry Resort to beat compatriot Ko Jin-young  by three strokes.

 

After winning her fourth different major, Park joined an elite group also including Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam, Louise Suggs, Karrie Webb and Mickey Wright.

 

The 27-year-old from Seoul has also won the Evian Masters in 2012, when it was considered a Major on the Ladies European Tour but a year before it became the official fifth Major on the LPGA in 2013 and was renamed the Evian Championship.

 

Park started the final round in a share of fifth place three shots behind leaders Ko and Taiwan’s Teresa Lu, and kick-started her chase with four birdies in a row from the seventh. She was only a stroke behind Ko after she eagled the 449-yard par-five 14th, making a putt of 25 feet, and then birdied the 372-yard par-four 16th to lead for the first time in the championship on 12-under-par.

 

After Ko bogeyed the 13th and double bogeyed the 16th after putting her second shot into the burn, Park was three strokes clear as she waited in the clubhouse for the final two groups to finish. Park secured a three-stroke win and her fourth title this season when Ko finished with par on the last two holes for a 71.

 

“This is something I’ve been dreaming of all my life, all my career, all this year. This is something I really wanted and to finally reach my goal is a relief and I’m so happy with everything at the moment,” Park said after the 16th win of her 10-year pro career.

 

“I didn’t feel that comfortable coming into this week, but to overcome a lot of things and win the championship is phenomenal.”

 

Park also paid tribute to Ko, 21, who was playing in her first major. “She is a very talented girl and she was holding up well out there. All four days she played fantastic,” Park said.

 

“I know her well and she is from the same management company as me so I had dinner with her earlier in the week. I got lucky. The golfing gods were on my side.”

 

Ryu So-yeon (68), another Korean, and New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko (69) tied for third on eight-under-par.

 

Second-round leader Suzann Pettersen (72) of Norway finished in fifth place on seven-under, with Lu a stroke further behind in sixth and Sweden’s Anna Norqvist tied for seventh with Mika Miyazato of Japan.

 

Ricoh Women’s British Open, Turnberry, Scotland

276 – Inbee Park (KOR)  69 73 69 65

279 – Jin Young Ko (KOR)  68 71 69 71

280 – So Yeon Ryu (KOR)  67 72 73 68, Lydia Ko (NZL)  66 73 72 69

281 – Suzann Pettersen (NOR)  68 69 72 72

282 – Teresa Lu (TPE)  68 71 69 74

283 – Mika Miyazato (JPN)  68 72 70 73, Anna Nordqvist (SWE)  69 72 73 69

284 – Amy Boulden (WAL)  71 74 68 71, Minjee Lee (AUS)  69 72 70 73, Melissa Reid (ENG)  73 70 69 72

286 – Maria Mcbride (SWE)  79 66 69 72

287 – Yani Tseng (TPE)  72 72 72 71, Luna Sobron (ESP)  70 77 71 69, Hyo-Joo Kim (KOR)  65 78 73 71, Cristie Kerr (USA)  66 77 73 71

288 – Stacy Lewis (USA)  70 75 72 71, Hannah Burke (ENG)  74 72 71 71, Mi Hyang Lee (KOR)  70 75 74 69, Lexi Thompson (USA)  71 75 70 72

289 – Angela Stanford (USA)  69 78 73 69, Jung Min Lee (KOR)  70 75 76 68, Nanna Koerstz Madsen (DNK)  70 78 76 65

290 – Lee-Anne Pace (RSA)  75 73 74 68, Shanshan Feng (CHN)  71 74 76 69, Nicole Broch Larsen (DEN)  69 74 70 77, Sun Young Yoo (KOR)  71 73 74 72

291 – Jenny Shin (KOR)  71 74 76 70, Maria Balikoeva (RUS)  73 73 75 70, Caroline Hedwall (SWE)  73 74 75 69

292 – Ha-Na Jang (KOR)  71 75 77 69, Charley Hull (ENG)  73 73 77 69, Christina Kim (USA)  71 72 75 74, In Gee Chun (KOR)  72 76 71 73, Jane Park (USA)  72 74 72 74

293 – Sakura Yokomine (JPN)  72 77 73 71, Candie Kung (TPE)  72 75 70 76, Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)  71 74 73 75, Sandra Gal (GER)  74 74 76 69, Gerina Piller (USA)  70 79 76 68, Marina Alex (USA)  73 74 76 70, Amy Yang (KOR)  69 76 74 74

294 – Lizette Salas (USA)  72 76 77 69

295 – Florentyna Parker (ENG)  68 77 74 76, Gwladys Nocera (FRA)  70 75 74 76, Julieta Granada (PAR)  70 74 71 80

296 – Kyu-Jung Baek (KOR)  67 82 75 72, Jennifer Song (USA)  71 74 76 75, Katie Burnett (USA)  68 81 71 76

297 – Brittany Lincicome (USA)  75 74 77 71, Chella Choi (KOR)  72 77 75 73, Misuzu Narita (JPN)  69 75 76 77, Catriona Matthew (SCO)  71 77 77 72, Holly Clyburn (ENG)  76 73 75 73, Azahara Munoz (ESP)  68 78 79 72

298 – Stacey Keating (AUS)  71 76 73 78, Danielle Kang (USA)  70 79 73 76, Jaye Marie Green (USA)  72 74 78 74, Austin Ernst (USA)  75 74 77 72, Alison Walshe (USA)  70 74 72 82

299 – Tiffany Joh (USA)  72 75 77 75, Xiyu Lin (CHN)  72 76 74 77, Brooke Henderson (CAN)  73 75 79 72, Kelly Shon (USA)  70 76 74 79, Na Yeon Choi (KOR)  72 75 76 76

300 – Ashleigh Simon (RSA)  72 77 76 75, Ssu-Chia Cheng (TPE)  72 77 71 80, Alena Sharp (CAN)  72 77 77 74

301 – Wei Ling Hsu (TWN)  74 74 77 76, Mina Harigae (USA)  72 76 80 73

302 – Su Oh (AUS)  77 72 79 74, Carly Booth (SCO)  72 77 79 74, Nina Holleder (GER)  72 77 76 77

 

Source: Ladies European Tour (www.ladieseuropeantour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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