Who's who: Inbee Park

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Who's who: Inbee Park

  • Name:

    Inbee Park
  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Born:

    July 12, 1988 in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • 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.

Did you know?

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

2020
Aus/NZ
278 (-14)
US$195,000
ISPS Handa

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

278 (-14)

Prize money

US$195,000

Title sponsor

ISPS Handa

Played as the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open (Feb 13-16; ALPG/LPGA Trs event). Second-placed Amy Olson (USA) finished 3 shots behind Park (S Kor), who recorded her 20th LPGA Tour win. [Royal Adelaide GC, Seaton, Adelaide, SA].

2018
America
269 (-19)
$225,000
Bank of Hope

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

Bank of Hope

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). [Wildfire GC, Phoenix, AZ; composite of back-nines of Palmer & Faldo courses].

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

US$225,000

Title sponsor

HSBC

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. [New Tanjong course, Sentosa GC, Singapore].

2016
America
268 (-16)
Gold medal
IOC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

268 (-16)

Prize money

Gold medal

Title sponsor

IOC

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].

2015
America
Las Colinas CC
269 (-15)
$195,000
Volntrs of Am

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Venue

Las Colinas CC

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

$195,000

Title sponsor

Volntrs of Am

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].

2015
Asia
273 (-15)
US$210,000
HSBC

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

US$210,000

Title sponsor

HSBC

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].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$450,000

Title sponsor

Ricoh

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].

2015
America
270 (-18)
$200,000
Banamex

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$200,000

Title sponsor

Banamex

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].

2015
Awards
69.415
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Venue

Score

69.415

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

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.

2015
Majors
273 (-19)
$525,000
KPMG

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

273 (-19)

Prize money

$525,000

Title sponsor

KPMG

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].

2014
America
261 (-23)
$225,000
Manulife

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

261 (-23)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

Manulife

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].

2014
Majors
Monroe GC
277 (-11)
$337,500
Wegmans

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Venue

Monroe GC

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$337,500

Title sponsor

Wegmans

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].

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

268 (-24)

Prize money

€54,470

Title sponsor

x

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].

2014
Asia
Miramar, Tpe
266 (-22)
US$300,000
Fubon

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Venue

Miramar, Tpe

Score

266 (-22)

Prize money

US$300,000

Title sponsor

Fubon

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].

2013
Awards
303 pts
n/a
Rolex

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Venue

Score

303 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Rolex

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.

2013
Majors
280 (-8)
$585,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$585,000

Title sponsor

USGA

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].

2013
Majors
Locust Hill CC
283 (-5)
$337,500
Wegmans

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Venue

Locust Hill CC

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$337,500

Title sponsor

Wegmans

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].

2013
America
201 (-12)
$300,000
Walmart

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

201 (-12)

Prize money

$300,000

Title sponsor

Walmart

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].

2013
America
Las Colinas CC
271 (-13)
$195,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Venue

Las Colinas CC

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

$195,000

Title sponsor

x

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].

2013
Asia
276 (-12)
US$225,000
Honda

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

US$225,000

Title sponsor

Honda

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].

2013
Awards
$2,456,619
see Score
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Venue

Score

$2,456,619

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

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.

2013
Majors
273 (-15)
$300,000
Kraft Nabisco

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$300,000

Title sponsor

Kraft Nabisco

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].

2012
Awards
70.21
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Venue

Score

70.21

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

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.

2012
Awards
$2,287,080
see Score
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Venue

Score

$2,287,080

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

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.

2012
Asia
269 (-15)
US$285,000
Sime Darby

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

US$285,000

Title sponsor

Sime Darby

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; at the time known as Kuala Lumpur G&CC].

2012
Europe
271 (-17)
US$487,500
Evian

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

US$487,500

Title sponsor

Evian

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].

2008
Majors
283 (-9)
$585,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Score

283 (-9)

Prize money

$585,000

Title sponsor

USGA

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].

2002
Amateur
Echo Lake CC
4 & 3
amateur
USGA

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Park, Inbee

Venue

Echo Lake CC

Score

4 & 3

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

USGA

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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