World number two Inbee Park has two chances to make golf history this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Should she complete the first round at Salahee Country Club in Washington, she will qualify to become the youngest ever member of the LPGA Hall of Fame. If she wins the tournament, she will be the first female golfer to win the same major four times in a row.
A persistent thumb injury, however, means it will be tough for her to accomplish both feats.
Park has been dogged by inflammation in the tendon and ligament of the left thumb since being forced to pull out of the Blue Bay LPGA in China late last year.
Since then, she has pulled out of three tournaments this spring, the most recent being the Volvik Championship on May 27, the second straight tournament that she withdrew from after the first round.
Tuesday’s pro-am at Salahee marked Park’s first full round since she pulled out of Volvik following a first-round 84, but Park remains confident there won’t be a repeat.
“I’m going to do my best to play as many holes as I can. That’s what I try and do every time I play,” Park said. “I feel like this week is such a better week than the weeks I’ve had before. I’m very positive that I can play some better golf than the last couple of weeks.”