|— Golfer —|
Park at the 2009 LPGA Championship
12 July 1988 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Residence||Murrieta, California, U.S.|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 2007)|
|Former tour(s)||Futures Tour (2006)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|LPGA of Japan Tour||4|
|Best results in LPGA Major Championships
|Kraft Nabisco C'ship||Won: 2013|
|LPGA Championship||Won: 2013|
|U.S. Women's Open||Won: 2008, 2013|
|Women's British Open||2nd: 2012|
|The Evian Championship||T67: 2013|
|Achievements and awards|
|LPGA Vare Trophy||2012|
|LPGA Player of the Year||2013|
|Revised Romanization||Bak Inbi|
Inbee Park (Korean: 박인비, Hanja: 朴仁妃, pronounced [baːk in bi]; born 12 July 1988) is a South Korean professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour and the LPGA of Japan Tour. Since 15 April 2013, she has been the number one ranked player in the Women's World Golf Rankings. Park has won four 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.
- 1 Early life and amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Professional wins (14)
- 4 Major championships
- 5 LPGA Tour career summary
- 6 Futures Tour summary
- 7 World ranking
- 8 Team appearances
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
2008: U.S. Women's Open title
On June 29, 2008, Park won the 2008 U.S. Women's Open at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota for her first LPGA win. At 19, she was the youngest player to win the title. In four rounds, she shot 72-69-71-71 to score 9-under-par, beating Helen Alfredsson of Sweden by 4 strokes.
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.
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.
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.
On 7 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.
On 9 June, Park won her second consecutive major of the year and third career major at the 2013 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.
On 30 June, Park won her third consecutive major championship of the year and fourth career major at the 2013 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. 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.
Park currently has endorsement deals with KB Financial Group, Srixon Golf, Fila, Panasonic & Jeju Samdasoo Water.
Professional wins (14)
LPGA Tour wins (9)
|Major championships (4)|
|Other LPGA Tour (5)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||29 Jun 2008||U.S. Women's Open||72-69-71-71=283||–9||4 strokes||Helen Alfredsson||560,000|
|2||29 Jul 2012||Evian Masters||71-64-70-66=271||–17||2 strokes|| Karrie Webb
|3||14 Oct 2012||Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia||69-68-65-67=269||–15||2 strokes||Choi Na-Yeon||285,000|
|4||24 Feb 2013||Honda LPGA Thailand||67-71-71-67=276||–12||1 stroke||Ariya Jutanugarn||225,000|
|5||7 Apr 2013||Kraft Nabisco Championship||70-67-67-69=273||–15||4 strokes||Ryu So-Yeon||300,000|
|6||28 Apr 2013||North Texas LPGA Shootout||67-70-67-67=271||–13||1 stroke||Carlota Ciganda||195,000|
|7||9 Jun 2013||LPGA Championship||72-68-68-75=283||–5||Playoff||Catriona Matthew||337,500|
|8||23 Jun 2013||Walmart NW Arkansas Championship||69-65-67=201||–12||Playoff||Ryu So-Yeon||300,000|
|9||30 Jun 2013||U.S. Women's Open||67-68-71-74=280||–8||4 strokes||In-Kyung Kim||585,000|
LPGA Tour playoff record (2–1)
|1||2012||Manulife Financial LPGA Classic|| Chella Choi
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
|2||2013||LPGA Championship||Catriona Matthew||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|3||2013||Walmart NW Arkansas Championship||Ryu So-Yeon||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
JLPGA Tour wins (4)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||29 Jun 2010||Nishijin Ladies Classic||69-71-69=209||–7||Playoff||Chieko Amanuma|
|2||28 Nov 2010||Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup||72-72-70-73=287||–1||4 strokes|| Mika Miyazato
|3||6 Mar 2011||Daikin Orchid Ladies||72-67-66=205||–11||3 strokes||Miki Saiki|
|4||13 May 2012||Fundokin Ladies||70-69-68=207||–9||2 strokes||Shanshan Feng|
Other wins (1)
|2008||U.S. Women's Open||–9 (72-69-71-71=283)||4 strokes||Helen Alfredsson|
|2013||Kraft Nabisco Championship||−15 (70-67-67-69=273)||4 strokes||Ryu So-Yeon|
|2013||LPGA Championship||−5 (72-68-68-75=283)||Playoff1||Catriona Matthew|
|2013||U.S. Women's Open||–8 (67-68-71-74=280)||4 strokes||In-Kyung Kim|
1Defeated Matthew at the third hole of a sudden-death playoff: Park (4-4-3) and Matthew (4-4-x).
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||DNP||DNP||T62||DNP||9||T56||T10||T29||T26||1|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||DNP||DNP||T4||1||T26||T8||T6||T9||1|
|Women's British Open||DNP||DNP||DNP||T11||CUT||T24||T9||T7||2||T42|
|The Evian Championship ^||T67|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
- Starts – 29
- Wins – 4
- 2nd place finishes – 1
- 3rd place finishes – 0
- Top 3 finishes – 5
- Top 5 finishes – 6
- Top 10 finishes – 15
- Top 25 finishes – 19
- Missed cuts – 2
- Most consecutive cuts made – 21
- Longest streak of top-10s – 6
LPGA Tour career summary
- official through 24 November 2013
* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.
Futures Tour summary
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
- Park Seeks Third Major Victory Of 2013
- "Rolex Rankings". Rolex Rankings. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- Golfweek, Inbee Park finds her comfort zone on LPGA 30 August 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- "U.S. Women's Open Final Notes and Interviews". LPGA Tour. 29 June 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008.
- "Duramed FUTURES Tour Lowers Minimum Age Requirement". Golf Business Wire. February 1, 2006. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". Rolex Rankings. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- "Park claims third major title at LPGA Championship". LPGA. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "Inbee Park claims historic win". ESPN. Associated Press. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "Inbee Park stats". LPGA. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 26 December 2006. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 25 December 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 30 December 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 29 December 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 28 December 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 27 December 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- Inbee Park at the LPGA Tour official site
- Inbee Park at the Futures Tour official site
- Profile at SeoulSisters.com
|World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
15 April 2013 – current