Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Inbee Park is looking to join some
exclusive company this week.
The world No. 1 has already captured the first two majors of this season among
her five victories this year, and if she were to again come out on top of this
week's U.S. Women's Open, she would become just the second player ever to win
the first three majors in a season.
The only other person in LPGA history to do so was Babe Zaharias, who won all
three majors in 1950.
To say Park is entering this week on a roll would be an understatement, as she
is coming off back-to-back wins at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, which was
her second major victory of 2013, and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship,
both of which came in playoffs.
"I've played very good golf the last two or three months," Park said in pre-
tournament press conference on Tuesday. "Everything's going the way I really
want it to. I'm hitting the ball and striking it great and putting it very
well. Especially last week, I striked the ball very well, and that gave me a
lot of confidence coming into this week."
With a victory this week, the 24-year-old would also become the first person
to win three straight events on the LPGA Tour since Lorena Ochoa won four in a
row in 2008.
One of the obstacles standing in her way, however, is Stacy Lewis, who is the
only other multiple winner on tour this season with a pair of victories at the
HSBC Women's Champions and RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.
Both of those wins came in back-to-back fashion before she was denied the
opportunity to join Ochoa when she finished three strokes behind Beatriz
Recari at the Kia Classic.
Lewis, who currently ranks second in the world after Park overtook her No. 1
spot earlier in the year, is the only player to have more top-10 finishes than
Park this season with nine compared to Park's seven, and is just .06 points
behind Park in scoring average.
Park averages 69.64 strokes per round, while Lewis averages 69.70.
"I don't see it as I lost No. 1. I see it as Inbee just took it from me,"
Lewis said about Park. "She came out and she bulldozed the field the last two
majors. I don't feel like I lost it, I just feel like somebody's playing
There's no argument to that, as Park has made the cut in all 12 events she has
participated in this season and finished outside the top 40 just once, when
she recorded just her second score over par this year at the Pure Silk-Bahamas
LPGA Classic en route to her worst finish of the season -- a tie for 107th
She followed that with her only other tournament over par at the ShopRite LPGA
Classic before bouncing back with her back-to-back wins heading into this
If she can keep up that momentum and grab her third straight win, Park will
join Mickey Wright in 1964 as the only two players in LPGA history to win the
U.S. Women's Open after winning the previous two events.
Just another bit of history the 24-year-old is poised to grab.
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