On Sunday, Inbee Park won her third straight Woman’s PGA Championship and in doing so accomplished much more.
Park shot a 68 in her final round to finish 19-under par, regaining the No. 1 world ranking. She’s back on top as she surpassed Si-re Pak her idol with her sixth women’s major victory.
She also, tied the LPGA Tour record for the lowest score for a major in relation to par and cemented, in her mind, a place in golf history.
After the tournament, she said just having her name alongside that of Patty Berg or Annika Sorenstam the legends of their game is an extreme honor. She understands her place in golf’s history as well as those who surround her.
The South Korean, who is just 26, carded a 5-birdie no-bogey final round 68 at the Westchester Country Club. She finished the Tour’s second major of this season 5 strokes in front of Sei Young Kim, her compatriot who is just 22 years of age.
Park ended the tournament with a total of 273 that included 22 birdies and just 3 bogeys. Her three bogeys came on the first day of the tournament, as she finished her final 56 holes bogey free. I mean, was this even a major championship?
Park was able to tie Sorenstam as the only two golfers to have claimed the PGA three straight seasons. The win was also her fifth major of the 12 that have been played the last three years on the Tour. She’s the most dominant force on the LPGA Tour, but doesn’t seem to get the appropriate credit.
Kim was attempting to win just her first women’s major and started just two strokes behind Park on Sunday. However, she bogeyed both three and four, a deficit that even four straight birdies couldn’t overcome.
Lexi Thompson finished in third after a final round 66 that included eight birdies after her first 13 holes. She was the highest American finisher. The former child prodigy, who is now 20, started the day at 5-under and finished at 12-under.
Brittany Lincicome who was the winner of this season’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, was fourth at 11-under.
Brooke Henderson a 17-year old Canadian shot 68 in her final round to finish in a fifth place tied with American Morgan Pressel.
With Lydia Ko the (former) No. 1 player in the world starting the tournament missing Friday’s cut, Park at No. 2 needed only to finish 29th or better to retake the No. 1 ranking.