Sensational Park wins Women’s British Open

South Korea's Inbee Park has become just the seventh female golfer to win the traditional career Grand Slam.

The world number one carded a course-record equalling 65 in the final round to win the Ricoh Women's British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort on Sunday and in the process joined an elite group comprising of Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam, Louise Suggs, Karrie Webb and Mickey Wright who have all won at least four different majors.

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 was awarded Major status by the LPGA and renamed the Evian Championship in 2013.

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

Ko bogeyed the 13th and double bogeyed the 16th, putting her second shot into the burn, to see Park go three strokes clear as she waited in the clubhouse for the final two groups to finish.

There would be no catching Park though, and she sealed her seventh Major victory, worth £298,534, with Ko registering pars on the final two holes. It was her fourth title this season and the 16th win of her ten-year career.

"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 on ladieseuropeantour.com. 

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

Fellow South Korean Ko (71) was second, with compatriot So Yeon Ryu (68) and New Zealand's Lydia Ko (69) tied for third on eight under par.

On Ko's performance in her first major championship, Park commented: "She is a very talented girl and she was holding up well out there. All four days she played fantastic. 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. She could have played better golf but the golfing gods were on my side."

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

Amy Boulden of Wales and Melissa Reid from England shared ninth place with Australian Minjee Lee on four under par and Maria McBride, who is a European Vice Captain for The 2015 Solheim Cup, in 12th.

Spaniard Luna Sobron finished tied for 13th and followed in the footsteps of Rebecca Hudson, Michelle Wie, Melissa Reid, Anna Nordqvist, Caroline Hedwall by winning the Smyth Salver, awarded to the leading amateur.

The 21-year-old from Majorca, who is studying business at a university in Madrid, intends to compete on the Ladies European Tour (LET) Access Series to try to qualify for the LET before turning professional at the end of the year.

 

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