Inbee Park

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Inbee Park
박인비
2013 Women's British Open - Park Inbee (13).jpg
Personal information
Born (1988-07-12) 12 July 1988 (age 31)
Seoul, South Korea
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
NationalityFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. [1]
Career
College Kwangwoon University
Turned professional2006
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2007)
Former tour(s) Futures Tour (2006)
Professional wins30
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour20
Ladies European Tour3
LPGA of Japan Tour4
LPGA of Korea Tour1
ALPG Tour1
Other4
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 7)
ANA Inspiration Won: 2013
Women's PGA C'ship Won: 2013, 2014, 2015
U.S. Women's Open Won: 2008, 2013
Women's British Open Won: 2015
Evian Championship T8: 2015, 2018, 2019
Achievements and awards
LPGA Vare Trophy 2012, 2015
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
2012, 2013
LPGA Player of the Year 2013
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
2013
Rolex Annika Major Award 2015
Medal record
Representing Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
Women's Golf
Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2016 Rio de Janeiro Individual
Inbee Park
Hangul
박인비
Hanja
朴仁妃
Revised Romanization Bak Inbi
McCune–Reischauer Pak Inbi

Inbee Park (Korean : 박인비; Hanja : 朴仁妃, pronounced  [pɐɡinbi] or [pɐk̚] [inbi] ; born 12 July 1988) is a South Korean professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour and the LPGA of Japan Tour. She has been the number one ranked player in the Women's World Golf Rankings for four separate runs: April 2013 to June 2014, [2] October 2014 to February 2015, [3] June 2015 to October 2015, and from April to July 2018.

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Park has won seven major championships in her career, including three consecutive major wins during the 2013 season, becoming only the fourth LPGA Tour player to win three majors in a calendar year. She is the youngest player to win the U.S. Women's Open and the second player, after Annika Sorenstam, to win the Women's PGA Championship three years in a row. Park is only the seventh player to win four different majors during her career and capture a career Grand Slam. In 2016, she won the first Olympic gold medal since 1900 in the women's individual tournament. Park has endorsement deals with KB Financial Group, Srixon, Panasonic, Lynx, Jeju Samdasoo & Mercedes-Benz.

Early life and amateur career

Park was born in Seoul. She began playing golf at the age of 10. Two years later, at age 12, she moved to the United States to pursue a golf career. [4] She won nine events on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) circuit and was a five-time Rolex Junior All-American. She was a semifinalist at the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur. She won the 2002 U.S. Girls' Junior and finished as runner-up in both 2003 and 2005.

While an amateur from 2004 through 2006, Park played in the Kraft Nabisco Championship as a sponsor invite and in the LPGA Takefuji Classic three times, recording two top-10 finishes.

Park graduated from Kwangwoon University in Seoul, Korea.

Professional career

2006

In 2006, after graduating from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, Park appealed to the LPGA for permission to attempt to qualify for the LPGA as a 17-year-old. LPGA rules generally require that a player be 18 to join the Tour. The LPGA denied Park's request, so she enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas but soon after dropped out and turned professional, playing on the Duramed Futures Tour where the age of entry had been lowered to 17 in late January. [5] [6] In 2006, she recorded 11 top-10 finishes on the Futures Tour. She finished third on its season-ending money list to earn exempt status on the LPGA Tour for the 2007 season.

2007

During her rookie season in 2007, Park tied for fourth at the U.S. Women's Open and tied for second at the Safeway Classic. She finished 37th on the money list and fourth in the rookie of the year standings. In 2007, Park also changed the English spelling of her name from In-Bee to Inbee. [7]

2008

In 2008, Park won the U.S. Women's Open at Interlachen Country Club in Minnesota for her first LPGA win. At 19, she was the youngest player to win the title, and finished four strokes ahead of runner-up Helen Alfredsson.

2009–12

After her breakout year in 2008, Park struggled in 2009, recording only four top-10 finishes and ending the season 50th on the LPGA official money list.

In 2010, Park had top-10 finishes in all four major tournaments, won twice on the LPGA of Japan Tour and finished the season ranked 12th in the world rankings. [8]

Park's results in 2011 did not match those of the previous years. With no top-five finishes on the LPGA Tour, she sunk to 31st on the official money list and 27th in scoring average. She won once on the JLPGA Tour, at the Daikin Orchid Ladies.

Park bounced back from her 2011 slump in 2012. She had two wins on the LPGA Tour, finished in the top-three in 10 out of 23 tournaments she played, and topped the LPGA in both money earned and scoring average.

2013

Park in 2013 2013 Women's British Open - Park Inbee (18).jpg
Park in 2013

Park won her fourth LPGA Tour event in the second tournament of the year at the Honda LPGA Thailand event by a single stroke. She shot a final round 67 to come from four back to finish a shot ahead of Ariya Jutanugarn.

In April, Park won her second major title with a four-stroke victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship over compatriot Ryu So-Yeon. The following week, she became the top ranked golfer in the Women's World Golf Rankings.

Park won her sixth LPGA Tour title and third of the year a couple weeks later at the North Texas LPGA Shootout. She holed a four-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to edge out Carlota Ciganda by a stroke.

In June, Park won her second consecutive major of the year and third career major at the LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club. After a 36-hole final day of regulation play, Park defeated Catriona Matthew on the third sudden-death playoff hole to clinch the victory. She started the third round a shot ahead of Morgan Pressel. Park became the seventh player in LPGA Tour history to win the year's opening two major championships. [9]

Two weeks later, Park won her fifth title of the season at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship when she defeated compatriot Ryu So-Yeon in a sudden-death playoff.

The following week, Park won her third consecutive major championship of the year and fourth career major at the U.S. Women's Open. The third consecutive major to start the season is a mark matched only by Babe Zaharias in 1950 when she won that season's only three majors. [10] The victory was also the third consecutive for Park, a feat last accomplished on the LPGA Tour in 2008 by Lorena Ochoa when she won four consecutive tournaments. The victory was also her sixth championship overall in 2013.

2014

In March, Park won the Mission Hills World Ladies Championship, an event on the Ladies European Tour. She won the event by five strokes over defending champion Suzann Pettersen. She also won the events team portion with fellow South Korean, Ryu So-Yeon. They won by twenty-eight strokes combined over the Chinese duo of Shanshan Feng and Xi Yu Lin. The team victory was her second at the event, as Park and teammate Kim Ha-Neul won the previous year.

In June, Park won her tenth title on the LPGA Tour when she grabbed victory at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. She won the event by three strokes over Cristie Kerr. The victory was the first on Tour for Park in almost a year when she won at the U.S. Women's Open.

In August, Park won her eleventh title on the LPGA Tour and her fifth major championships when she won the LPGA Championship in a sudden-death playoff over Brittany Lincicome. Park defeated Lincicome on the first extra hole with a par for her second consecutive LPGA Championship title.

2015

Park won her 13th LPGA title in the first week of March. She shot a 66 in round one of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore and went wire-to-wire to win the championship. After shooting a bogey-free 65 in the final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand in Chonburi, she shot four straight bogey-free rounds in Singapore. Park, the world No. 2 in the Rolex Rankings, was paired with World No. 1 Lydia Ko and World No. 3 Stacy Lewis in the final round. Park had a two-shot lead heading into the final round and finished at 15-under-par with a final round 70. Ko finished two strokes behind Park.

Park won her 14th LPGA title at the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout. She shot a bogey-free six-under 65 in the final round to defeat Cristie Kerr of the United States and Park Hee-Young of South Korea by three strokes. [11]

In June, Park won her 15th title on the LPGA Tour and her sixth major championship when she won the Women's PGA Championship, five strokes ahead of runner-up Kim Sei-young. The victory made Park only the second player after Annika Sörenstam to achieve the feat of winning three consecutive Women's PGA Championships (formerly known as the LPGA Championship).

Park won her 16th title on the LPGA Tour at the Women's British Open, three strokes ahead of runner-up Ko Jin-young. It was her seventh major title and Park became the seventh player in history to win four different majors, completing a career Grand Slam (per the LPGA Tour policies regarding a career Grand Slam). [12] It should be mentioned that the LPGA Tour decided to declare The Evian Championship a major starting in 2013, however, Inbee won the Evian Masters, as it was called at the time, in 2012. Many debated whether or not Park's 4 majors should be counted as a Career Grand Slam, but despite the discussions, the LPGA Tour officially stated that Inbee would be credited with accomplishing the rare feat. [13]

Park went on to win for the fifth and final time in 2015 on 15 November, after a final round 64 at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. She beat Carlota Ciganda by three strokes. The win was Park's 17th on the LPGA Tour. The following week a strong performance at the season's final event, Park would win her second career Vare Trophy (2012 her first) for the lowest scoring average for the season. The Vare Trophy accomplishment also put Park on the threshold for induction into the LPGA Hall of Fame. The trophy giving her the 27 points required for induction. Park will now have to finish the required ten seasons of play, a mark she is slated to meet in 2016.

2016

Park became eligible for the LPGA Hall of Fame after competing in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. At 27, she is the youngest player to qualify. [14]

In August, Park became the first woman in 116 years to win an Olympic gold medal in golf, defeating world number 1 Lydia Ko by five strokes. This was one of the first Olympic gold medals given out in golf since the 1904 Summer Olympics. Unfortunately, unlike other sports such as professional tennis, the LPGA Tour will not consider an Olympic gold medal as a Tour title.

2017

In March, Park won the HSBC Women's Champions, and in the process scored a course record of 64 in the final round. The win was Park's 18th Tour title at only 28 years, 7 months and 21 days of age.

2018

In March, Park won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, marking the third time a South Korean player has won the competition that was created in 2011. [15] It was her first win since the HSBC Women's Champions in March last year and was her 19th tour title. Park was sidelined by injuries since August 2017. [16]

In April 2018, Park finished as a runner-up at the ANA Inspiration, after losing in a sudden-death playoff to Pernilla Lindberg. She came from four strokes behind in the final round to make the playoff alongside Lindberg and Jennifer Song. The playoff needed eight extra holes, over two days, to be decided, before Lindberg claimed victory with a birdie on the eighth extra hole. Park regained the World number 1 spot from Shanshan Feng after she finished tied for 2nd at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open in late April.

2020

In February 2020, Park won the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open by 3 strokes over Amy Olson.

Professional wins (30)

LPGA Tour wins (20)

Legend
Major championships (7)
Other LPGA Tour (13)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-upWinner's
share ($)
129 Jun 2008 U.S. Women's Open 72-69-71-71=283−94 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Helen Alfredsson 585,000
229 Jul 2012 Evian Masters 71-64-70-66=271−172 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Stacy Lewis
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Karrie Webb
487,500
314 Oct 2012 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 69-68-65-67=269−152 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Na-Yeon 285,000
424 Feb 2013 Honda LPGA Thailand 67-71-71-67=276−121 stroke Flag of Thailand.svg Ariya Jutanugarn 225,000
57 Apr 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship 70-67-67-69=273−154 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Ryu So-Yeon 300,000
628 Apr 2013 North Texas LPGA Shootout 67-70-67-67=271−131 stroke Flag of Spain.svg Carlota Ciganda 195,000
79 Jun 2013 Wegmans LPGA Championship 72-68-68-75=283−5Playoff Flag of Scotland.svg Catriona Matthew 337,500
823 Jun 2013 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship 69-65-67=201−12Playoff Flag of South Korea.svg Ryu So-Yeon 300,000
930 Jun 2013 U.S. Women's Open (2)67-68-71-74=280−84 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg In-Kyung Kim 585,000
108 Jun 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic 69-66-65-61=261−233 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Cristie Kerr 225,000
1117 Aug 2014 Wegmans LPGA Championship (2)72-66-69-70=277−11Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Brittany Lincicome 337,500
122 Nov 2014 Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship 64-62-69-71=266−222 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Stacy Lewis 300,000
138 Mar 2015 HSBC Women's Champions 66-69-68-70=273−152 strokes Flag of New Zealand.svg Lydia Ko 210,000
143 May 2015 Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout (2)69-66-69-65=269−153 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Cristie Kerr
Flag of South Korea.svg Hee Young Park
195,000
1514 Jun 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship (3)71-68-66-68=273−195 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Sei-young 525,000
162 Aug 2015 Ricoh Women's British Open 69-73-69-65=276−123 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Ko Jin-young 464,817
1715 Nov 2015 Lorena Ochoa Invitational 68-71-67-64=270−183 strokes Flag of Spain.svg Carlota Ciganda 200,000
185 Mar 2017 HSBC Women's Champions (2)67-67-71-64=269−191 stroke Flag of Thailand.svg Ariya Jutanugarn 225,000
1918 Mar 2018 Bank of Hope Founders Cup 68-71-63-67=269–195 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Marina Alex
Flag of England.svg Laura Davies
Flag of Thailand.svg Ariya Jutanugarn
225,000
2016 Feb 2020 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open^67-69-68-74=278−143 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Amy Olson 195,000

^Co-sanctioned with the ALPG Tour


LPGA Tour playoff record (3–5)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
12012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Flag of South Korea.svg Chella Choi
Flag of the United States.svg Brittany Lang
Flag of South Korea.svg Hee Kyung Seo
Lang won with birdie on third extra hole
Park eliminated with birdie on second hole
Choi eliminated with birdie on first hole
22013 LPGA Championship Flag of Scotland.svg Catriona Matthew Won with birdie on third extra hole
32013 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Flag of South Korea.svg Ryu So-Yeon Won with birdie on first extra hole
42014 Meijer LPGA Classic Flag of South Korea.svg Mirim Lee Lost to birdie on second extra hole
52014 LPGA Championship Flag of the United States.svg Brittany Lincicome Won with par on first extra hole
62015 LPGA Lotte Championship Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Sei-young Lost to eagle on first extra hole
72018 ANA Inspiration Flag of Sweden.svg Pernilla Lindberg
Flag of the United States.svg Jennifer Song
Lindberg won with birdie on eighth extra hole
Song eliminated with birdie on third hole
82020 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Flag of Japan.svg Nasa Hataoka
Flag of Mexico.svg Gaby López
López won with birdie on seventh extra hole
Park eliminated with par on third hole

JLPGA Tour wins (4)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
129 Jun 2010 Nishijin Ladies Classic 69-71-69=209−7Playoff Flag of Japan.svg Chieko Amanuma
228 Nov 2010 Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup 72-72-70-73=287−14 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Ahn Sun-ju
Flag of Japan.svg Mika Miyazato
36 Mar 2011 Daikin Orchid Ladies 72-67-66=205−113 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Miki Saiki
413 May 2012 Fundokin Ladies 70-69-68=207−92 strokes Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanshan Feng

LPGA of Korea Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
120 May 2018 Doosan Match Play Championship 1 up Flag of South Korea.svg Kim A Lim

Ladies European Tour wins (3)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
129 Jul 2012 Evian Masters 71-64-70-66=271−172 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Stacy Lewis
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Karrie Webb
29 Mar 2014 Mission Hills World Ladies Championship (individual)69-70-62-67=268−245 strokes Flag of Norway.svg Suzann Pettersen
32 Aug 2015 Ricoh Women's British Open 69-73-69-65=276−123 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Ko Jin-young

Olympic Games (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
120 Aug 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [17] 66-66-70-66=268−165 strokes Flag of New Zealand.svg Lydia Ko

Other wins (3)

Major championships

Wins (7)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2008 U.S. Women's Open 2 shot deficit−9 (72-69-71-71=283)4 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Helen Alfredsson
2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship 3 shot lead−15 (70-67-67-69=273)4 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Ryu So-Yeon
2013 LPGA Championship 1 shot lead−5 (72-68-68-75=283)Playoff1 Flag of Scotland.svg Catriona Matthew
2013 U.S. Women's Open 4 shot lead−8 (67-68-71-74=280)4 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg In-Kyung Kim
2014 LPGA Championship 1 shot deficit−11 (72-66-69-70=277)Playoff2 Flag of the United States.svg Brittany Lincicome
2015 Women's PGA Championship 2 shot lead−19 (71-68-66-68=273)5 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Sei-young
2015 Ricoh Women's British Open 3 shot deficit−12 (69-73-69-65=276)3 strokes Flag of South Korea.svg Ko Jin-young

1 Defeated Matthew at the third hole of a sudden-death playoff: Park (4-4-3) and Matthew (4-4-x).
2 Defeated Lincicome at the first hole of a sudden-death playoff: Park (4) and Lincicome (5).

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order before 2019.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 20182019
ANA Inspiration T629T56T10T29T26138T11T6T3T2T68
U.S. Women's Open CUTT41T26T8T6T91T43T3CUT9T16
Women's PGA Championship T62T46T14T7T14T9111CUTT7CUTT7
The Evian Championship ^T67T10T8T8T8
Women's British Open T11CUTT24T9T72T4241T11CUTCUT

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013

  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
ANA Inspiration 1113671313
U.S. Women's Open 2014891311
Women's PGA Championship 3003791311
The Evian Championship 00004455
Women's British Open 110358129
Totals7221330375649

LPGA Tour career summary

YearStartsCuts
made*
Wins2nd3rdTop-10Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2004 210001T8n/an/a72.60n/a
2005 2100015n/an/a71.00n/a
2006 220000T35n/an/a73.86n/a
2007 26180102T2380,2633773.1972
2008 2622101711,138,370871.7826
2009 23160002T5271,3035072.5567
2010 1919011112825,4771170.839
2011 16150003T6365,2313172.0027
2012 24232611212,287,080170.211
2013 23226011112,456,619169.873
2014 23223241712,226,641269.682
2015 25235111512,630,011269.411
2016 10501022253,3816972.1976
2017 151410151755,6512569.675
2018 131112161979,5271570.1711
2019 17160206T2781,1662670.0814
Totals266230191611101115,356,1264

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

Futures Tour summary

YearTournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins2nd3rdTop 10sBest
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2006 171601411249,079371.122

World ranking

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

YearWorld
ranking
Source
2006321 [19]
200770 [20]
200821 [21]
200942 [22]
201012 [23]
201123 [24]
20124 [25]
20131 [26]
20141 [27]
20152 [28]
201611 [29]
201713 [30]
20184 [31]
201914 [32]

Team appearances

Professional

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Awards
Preceded by
Stacy Lewis
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
15 April 2013 – 1 June 2014
Succeeded by
Stacy Lewis
Preceded by
Stacy Lewis
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
27 October 2014 – 1 February 2015
Succeeded by
Lydia Ko
Preceded by
Lydia Ko
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
15 June 2015 – 25 October 2015
Succeeded by
Lydia Ko
Preceded by
Shanshan Feng
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
23 April 2018 – 29 July 2018
Succeeded by
Ariya Jutanugarn