Park aiming for LPGA Championship hat-trick

However, the tournament has undergone a major facelift since last year as it will become the first women's championship staged by the PGA of America. In addition to that, it has been renamed as the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and the prize money has been increased from 2.25 million dollars to 3.5 million dollars.
"The PGA of America and the LPGA collaborating on this tournament together and making a great tournament is something different and something unique," she told reporters on Tuesday. "Everything is really new and everything is very fresh and very exciting. So I'm really excited to see what this tournament is going to end up being.

"I'm sure it's going to be a great one, and hopefully I'll be the one holding the trophy."

Should Park triumph at the Westchester Country Club, she will become only the second women's golfer in history after Sweden's Annika Sorenstam to win three successive LPGA Championships. 

But, Park doesn't expect to waltz her way to the title and has acknowledged that she will face stiff competition throughout the tournament, which begins on Thursday. 

In addition to the other golfers, Park also knows from firsthand experience that she cannot afford to slip up as the course is very tricky. The 26-year-old has endured her fair share of struggles at the Westchester Country Club as she has had to register come-from-behind wins in 2013 and 2014 after posting first-round 72s. 

"This golf course is probably a bit of everything," she said. "You have to be accurate off the tee. You have to be accurate with the irons, and you have to putt really well. It has very slopey greens."