Who's who in golf - Inbee Park


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Name: - Inbee Park
Country: - South Korea
Born : - July 12, 1988 in South Korea's capital city of Seoul.
Original Home/Club: - Seoul, South Korea.
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 2006

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (7): US Women's Open (2008, 2013); Women's British Open (2015); Women's PGA Ch'ship (2013, 2014, 2015); Kraft Nabisco Ch'ship (2013); major wins include a "career slam" of four different major championships. Olympic Gold Medal (2016, Rio). Multiple wins on the LPGA and Japan Tours. LPGA leading money winner (2012). Held the position of No.1 golfer in the Women's Official World Golf Rankings.


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Inbee Park, also known as In-bee Park, began playing golf at age 10. After moving to the United States, she enjoyed a successful amateur career on the American Junior Golf circuit. She spent a short time at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before turning pro in 2006.

In 2013 Park became only the second ever woman in the game to win the first three major championships in a golf season (Babe Zaharias also achieved this in 1950). In 2015 she joined an elite club of six other women golfers to have won a "career slam" of four different major championships. Park also won the Evian Masters in 2012, the year before it became a fifth major championship for women.

In Rio de Janeiro in 2016, with women's golf making an Olympic Games comeback after a 116-year absence, Park again showcased her sublime golfing talent. She won the gold medal for South Korea by an impressive 5 shots over silver medallist Lydia Ko (NZ), achieving the win after a month out of the game with a thumb injury.


Top tournaments won by Inbee Park

2018Wmn AmericaLPGA Founders CupWildfire GC269 (-19)$225,000
Played as the Bank of Hope Founders Cup (March 15-18). Second-placed Laura Davies (Eng), Marina Alex (USA) and Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai) finished 5 shots behind Park (S Kor). [Composite of Palmer & Faldo courses, Wildfire GC, Phoenix, AZ].
2017Wmn AsiaWomen's World Ch'shipSentosa GC269 (-19)US$225,000
Played as the HSBC Women's Champions (March 2-5; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai) finished 1 shot behind Park (S Kor), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Tanjong course, Sentosa GC, Singapore].
2016Wmn AmericaOlympic Games (Women)Olympic Course, Rio268 (-16)Gold medal
Played as the Women's Individual golf event (Aug 17-20; Summer Olympic Games XXXI). Shanshan Feng (China; bronze medal) finished 1 shot behind Lydia Ko (NZ; silver), who finished 5 shots behind Park (S Kor; gold). Park became only the second woman to win an Olympic gold medal for golf, following the return of women's golf to the Olympics after an absence of 116 yrs. [Olympic Course, Reserva da Marapendi, Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro].
2015Wmn MajorsBritish Women's OpenTurnberry276 (-12)$450,000
The Ricoh Women's British Open (39th) (Jul 30-Aug 2). Second-placed Jin-young Ko (S Kor) finished 3 shots behind Park (S Kor), who claimed her seventh major championship title. Joint third were So Yeon Ryu (S Kor) and Korean-born Lydia Ko (NZ) in an event dominated by Korean-born players. [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].
2015Wmn AmericaLorena Ochoa Invtl.Mexico GC270 (-18)$200,000
Played as the Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex and JTBC (Nov 12-15). Second-placed Carlota Ciganda (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Park (S Kor), who recorded her fifth win of 2015. [Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico].
2015Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA69.415n/a
Park (S Kor) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour. Lydia Ko (NZ) was second with 69.441; Stacy Lewis (USA) was third with 69.788.
2015Wmn AmericaTexas Classic (LPGA)Las Colinas CC269 (-15)$195,000
Played as the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout presented by JTBC (Apr 30-May 3). Second-placed Cristie Kerr (USA) and Hee-young Park (S Kor) finished 3 shots behind Park (S Kor). [Las Colinas CC, Irving, TX].
2015Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAWestchester CC273 (-19)$525,000
The KPMG Women's PGA Championship (61st) (Jun 11-14; formerly the Wegmans LPGA Championship). Second-placed Sei-young Kim (S Kor) finished 5 shots behind Park (S Kor) who claimed her sixth major championship and third straight win in this event. [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].
2015Wmn AsiaWomen's World Ch'shipSentosa GC273 (-15)US$210,000
Played as the HSBC Women's Champions (March 5-8; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Lydia Ko (NZ) finished 2 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Park (S Kor). [Serapong course, Sentosa GC, Singapore].
2014Wmn AsiaLPGA TaiwanMiramar, Tpe266 (-22)US$300,000
Played as the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship presented by Taiwan Mobile (Oct 30-Nov 2; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Stacy Lewis (USA) finished 2 shots behind Park (S Kor). [Miramar G&CC, Taipei, Taiwan].
2014Wmn AmericaManulife LPGA ClassicGrey Silo261 (-23)$225,000
Played as the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic (June 5-8). Second-placed Cristie Kerr (USA) finished 3 shots behind Park (S Kor), whose 10-under-par 61 set a new LPGA Tour record for final round low-score. [Grey Silo Golf Course, Waterloo, Ontario, Can].
2014Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAMonroe GC277 (-11)$337,500
The Wegmans LPGA Championship (60th) (Aug 14-17). Defending champion Park (S Kor) beat Brittany Lincicome (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). [Monroe GC, Pittsford, NY].
2014Wmn AsiaWorld Ladies ChampionshipMission Hills, Haikou268 (-24)€54,470
Played as the Mission Hills World Ladies Championship (March 6-9; CLPGA/LET Trs event). Second-placed Suzanne Pettersen (Nor) finished 5 shots behind Park (S Kor), reversing the 2013 result (when Park finished one behind winner Pettersen). The team strokeplay competition was won by South Korea (Inbee Park & So Yeon Ryu); second was China (Shanshan Feng & Xi Yu Lin). [Blackstone course, Mission Hills Haikou, Hainan Island, China].
2013Wmn MajorsANA InspirationMission Hills CC273 (-15)$300,000
Played as the Kraft Nabisco Championship (42nd) (April 4-7). Second-placed So Yeon Ryu (S Kor) finished 4 shots behind Parl (S Kor), who recorded her second career major title, and continued the Asian domination in the women's major championships. [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
2013Wmn AsiaLPGA ThailandSiam CC276 (-12)US$225,000
Played as the Honda LPGA Thailand (Feb 21-24; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai) finished 1 shot behind Park (S Kor). [Old course, Siam CC, Pattaya].
2013Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$2,456,619see Score
Park (S Kor) won her second straight LPGA Tour Money List, with 2013 season earnings of $2,456,619 on the Tour. Suzann Pettersen (Nor) was second with $2,296,106; Stacy Lewis (USA) was third with $1,938,868.
2013Wmn AmericaNW Arkansas Ch'shipPinnacle CC201 (-12)$300,000
Played as the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G (Jun 21-23). Park (S Kor) beat So Yeon Ryu (S Kor) with a birdie at the first playoff hole to record her second straight LPGA Tour win and fifth win of the 2013 season. [Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Arkansas].
2013Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA303 ptsn/a
Park (S Kor) won the LPGA Tour Rolex Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors. Suzann Pettersen (Nor) was second with 258 pts; Stacy Lewis (USA) was third with 220 pts.
2013Wmn AmericaTexas Classic (LPGA)Las Colinas CC271 (-13)$195,000
Played as the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout (Apr 25-28). Second-placed Carlota Ciganda (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Park (S Kor), who recorded her third LPGA Tour win of 2013. [Las Colinas CC, Irving, TX].
2013Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenSebonack280 (-8)$585,000
The US Women's Open (68th) (June 27-30). Second-placed In-kyung "I.K." Kim (S Kor) finished 4 shots behind Park (S Kor). Park became only the second ever golfer to win the first three women's major championships of the season (Babe Zaharias achieved this feat in 1950). This was also Park's third straight win on the LPGA Tour. [Sebonack GC, Southampton, Long Island, NY].
2013Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGALocust Hill CC283 (-5)$337,500
The Wegmans LPGA Championship (59th) (June 6-9). Park (S Kor) beat Catriona Matthew (Scot) with a birdie at the third playoff hole (par-4 18th). Park recorded back-to-back major championship titles, winning the first two majors of the 2013 season. [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].
2012Wmn EuropeEvian Ch'shipEvian Resort271 (-17)US$487,500
Played as the Evian Masters presented by Societe Generale (July 26-29; LET major ch'ship; co-sanctioned with US LPGA but not recognised by them as a major). Second-placed Karrie Webb (Aus) and Stacy Lewis (USA) finished 2 shots behind Park (S Kor). [Evian Masters GC, Evian-les-Bains, France].
2012Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA70.21n/a
Park (S Kor) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour. So Yeon Ryu (S Kor) was second with 70.30; Jiyai Shin (S Kor) was third with 70.31.
2012Wmn AsiaLPGA MalaysiaTPC Kuala Lumpur269 (-15)US$285,000
Played as the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (Oct 11-14; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Na Yeon Choi (S Kor) finished 2 shots behind Park (S Kor), who recorded her second win in six starts. [East course, TPC Kuala Lumpur, KL, Malaysia; known at the time as Kuala Lumpur G&CC].
2012Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$2,287,080see Score
Park (S Kor) won the LPGA Tour 2012 Money List, with earnings of $2,287,080 on the Tour. Na Yeon Choi (S Kor) was second with $1,981,834; Stacy Lewis (USA) was third with $1,872,409.
2008Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenInterlachen283 (-9)$585,000
The US Women's Open (63rd) (June 26-29). Second-placed Helen Alfredsson (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Park (S Kor), who recorded her first major championship title and first LPGA Tour win. 19 year-old Park was the youngest winner of the US Women's Open. [Interlachen CC, Edina, nr Minneapolis, Minnesota].
2002Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Girls)Echo Lake CC4 & 3amateur
Played as the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. 14-year-old Park (S Kor) beat Jenny Tangtiphaiboontana (USA) 4 and 3 in the final to become the second youngest winner of this event. [Echo Lake CC, Westfield, New Jersey].

 

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