|— Golfer —|
Pak at the 2009 LPGA Championship
28 September 1977 |
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Residence||Orlando, Florida, U.S.|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 1998)|
|Former tour(s)||LPGA of Korea Tour (joined 1996)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|LPGA of Korea Tour||8|
|Best results in LPGA major championships
|ANA Inspiration||T4: 2014|
|LPGA Championship||Won: 1998, 2002, 2006|
|U.S. Women's Open||Won: 1998|
|du Maurier Classic||T7: 2000|
|Women's British Open||Won: 2001|
|Evian Championship||T4: 2013|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||2007 (member page)|
|LPGA Rookie of the Year||1998|
Player of the Year
|LPGA Vare Trophy||2003|
|LPGA Heather Farr Award||2006|
Female Athlete of the Year
|Revised Romanization||Bak Seri|
Pak Se-ri or Se-ri Pak (Korean: 박세리, Korean pronunciation: [paːk sʰeːɾi]; born 28 September 1977) is a South Korean professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in November 2007.
Pak turned professional in 1996, a year before she moved to the United States as a 20-year-old. In 1996 and 1997, she won six tournaments on the LPGA of Korea Tour. Pak joined the LPGA Tour full-time for the year 1998, crowning her rookie season with victories in two majors: the McDonald's LPGA Championship and U.S. Women's Open. At just 20 years of age, she became the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Women's Open. About.com writes that "Pak won a 20-hole playoff for that victory, making that tournament - at 92 holes in length - the longest tournament ever in women's professional golf." Four days after the U.S. Women's Open win, Pak shot a then-LPGA record 61 during the second round of the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic. She won the Rolex Rookie of the Year award for that season.
Since 1998, she has gone on to win 21 more events on the Tour, including three more majors. In June 2007, at age 29, she qualified for the World Golf Hall of Fame, surpassing Karrie Webb as the youngest living entrant ever. (Tom Morris, Jr., who died in 1875 at the age of 24, had been elected in 1975.)
Pak has also competed in a professional men's event, at the 2003 SBS Super Tournament on the Korean Tour. The Korean Tour is a feeder tour for the Asian Tour and does not offer world ranking points. She finished 10th in the event, according to the World Golf Hall of Fame "becoming the first woman to make the cut in a professional men's tournament since Babe Zaharias did so in 1945."
At the 2005 McDonald's LPGA Championship, she missed the cut for the first time in 29 majors. In an interview quoted on the PGA Tour's website, she commented that she was searching for a balance between her golf and her personal life: "I've been a little bit unhappy about everything, my game, big game. I'm not really enjoying it at all, and I'm not doing anything with my ability. I know what I needed, a much better balance. I'm always putting a lot of pressure on myself". Eventually, she was found to have a finger injury. In 2006, she rediscovered her best form by winning the McDonald's LPGA Championship for the third time to claim her fifth major title overall.
In 2007, she won the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic for the fifth time, making her the fourth player in LPGA history to win the same tournament five or more times (Annika Sörenstam accomplished this feat at two tournaments).
Perhaps the greatest tribute to her career to date came in a column by Golf World writer Eric Adelson in 2008, who called Pak "a pioneer... who changed the face of golf even more than Tiger Woods." When Pak came to the LPGA in 1998, she was the only Korean player. Ten years later, she was one of 45 Koreans on tour, and the single largest source of revenue for the LPGA was the sale of TV rights in South Korea.
She was the single South Korean on the LPGA Tour in the year 1998, Pak's spectacular triumph at the 1998 U.S. Women's Open encouraged a many Korean women to take up golf as a sport. She is regarded as a leader of the game in her home country and has also inspired the new generations of LPGA players Na Yeon Choi and Inbee Park who have followed her footsteps at the LPGA level.
Professional wins (33)
LPGA Tour (25)
|Major championships (5)|
|Other LPGA Tour (20)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||17 May 1998||McDonald's LPGA Championship||65-68-72-68=273||−11||3 strokes|| Donna Andrews
|2||5 Jul 1998||U.S. Women's Open||69-70-75-76=290||+6||Playoff||Jenny Chuasiriporn (a)|
|3||12 Jul 1998||Jamie Farr Kroger Classic||71-61-63-66=261||−23||9 strokes||Lisa Hackney|
|4||26 Jul 1998||Giant Eagle LPGA Classic||65-69-67=201||−15||1 stroke||Dottie Pepper|
|5||20 Jun 1999||ShopRite LPGA Classic||63-69-66=198||−15||2 strokes||Trish Johnson|
|6||4 Jul 1999||Jamie Farr Kroger Classic||68-69-68-71=276||−8||Playoff|| Kelli Kuehne
|7||12 Sep 1999||Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf||67-71-70-72=280||−8||1 stroke||Karrie Webb|
|8||14 Nov 1999||PageNet Championship||66-66-74-70=276||−12||Playoff|| Karrie Webb
|9||16 Jan 2001||YourLife Vitamins LPGA Classic||71-68-64=203||−13||4 strokes|| Carin Koch
|10||22 Apr 2001||Longs Drugs Challenge||66-71-71=208||−8||2 strokes||Laura Diaz|
|11||8 Jul 2001||Jamie Farr Kroger Classic||70-62-69-68=269||−15||2 strokes||Maria Hjorth|
|12||5 Aug 2001||Weetabix Women's British Open||71-70-70-66=277||−11||2 strokes||Mi Hyun Kim|
|13||30 Sep 2001||AFLAC Champions||70-67-64-71=272||−16||5 strokes||Lorie Kane|
|14||7 Apr 2002||The Office Depot Championship||68-68-73=209||−7||1 stroke||Annika Sörenstam|
|15||9 Jun 2002||McDonald's LPGA Championship||71-70-68-70=279||−5||3 strokes||Beth Daniel|
|16||25 Aug 2002||First Union Betsy King Classic||70-68-66-63=267||−21||3 strokes||Angela Stanford|
|17||13 Oct 2002||Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions||65-70-67-66=268||−20||4 strokes|| Catriona Matthew
|18||27 Oct 2002||Sports Today CJ Nine Bridges Classic||65-76-72=213||−3||6 strokes||Carin Koch|
|19||23 Mar 2003||Safeway PING||65-68-68-64=265||−23||1 stroke||Grace Park|
|20||27 Apr 2003||Chick-fil-A Charity Championship||71-65-64=200||−16||Playoff||Shani Waugh|
|21||18 Aug 2003||Jamie Farr Kroger Classic||69-67-64-71=271||−13||2 strokes|| Marisa Baena
|22||9 May 2004||Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill||70-71-69-65=275||−9||2 strokes|| Juli Inkster
|23||11 Jun 2006||McDonald's LPGA Championship||71-69-71-69=280||−8||Playoff||Karrie Webb|
|24||15 Jul 2007||Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic||63-68-69-67=267||−17||3 strokes||Morgan Pressel|
|25||16 May 2010||Bell Micro LPGA Classic||69-66-68=203||−13||Playoff|| Brittany Lincicome
LPGA Tour playoff record (6–0)
|1||1998||U.S. Women's Open||Jenny Chuasiriporn (a)||Won with birdie on second extra hole
after 18-hole playoff (Chuasiriporn:73, Pak:73)
|2||1999||Jamie Farr Kroger Classic|| Kelli Kuehne, Carin Koch, Mardi Lunn
Sherri Steinhauer, Karrie Webb
|Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1999||PageNet Championship||Laura Davies, Karrie Webb||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||2003||Chick-fil-A Charity Championship||Shani Waugh||Won with par on fourth extra hole|
|5||2006||McDonald's LPGA Championship||Karrie Webb||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|6||2010||Bell Micro LPGA Classic|| Brittany Lincicome
|Won with birdie on third extra hole
Pettersen eliminated with par on second hole
Major championships are shown in bold.
LPGA of Korea Tour (8)
- 1996 (4) Dong-Il Renown Ladies Classic, Fila Women's Open, SBS Women's Professional Golf Challenge, Seoul Women's Open
- 1997 (2) Cheil Industries Rose Women's Open, Seoul Women's Open
- 2003 (1) MBC Xcanvas Women's Open
- 2012 (1) KDB Daewoo Securities Classic
|Year||Championship||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1998||McDonald's LPGA Championship||65-68-72-68=273||−11||3 strokes||Donna Andrews, Lisa Hackney|
|1998||U.S. Women's Open||69-70-75-76=290||+6||Playoff 1||Jenny Chuasiriporn (a)|
|2001||Weetabix Women's British Open||71-70-70-66=277||−11||2 strokes||Mi Hyun Kim|
|2002||McDonald's LPGA Championship||71-70-68-70=279||−5||3 strokes||Beth Daniel|
|2006||McDonald's LPGA Championship||71-69-71-69=280||−8||Playoff 2||Karrie Webb|
1 Defeated Chuasiriporn on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, after an 18-hole playoff round
2 Defeated Webb on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff
Results not in chronological order before 2014.
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||DNP||DNP||T13||T15|
|U.S. Women's Open||T21||1||T14||T15|
|du Maurier Classic||DNP||T41||T13||T7|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T11||T9||T15||T16||T27||T45||T10||T10||T40|
|U.S. Women's Open||2||5||50||T32||T45||T3||T4||CUT||CUT|
|Women's British Open ^||1||T11||2||T21||WD||WD||T5||CUT||T20|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T15||T10||T8||T19||T4|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||T45||T9||CUT||T38|
|Women's British Open||DNP||T14||DNP||T47||WD|
|The Evian Championship ^^||T4||T47|
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001
^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied for place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||0||0||0||1||6||13||16||16|
|U.S. Women's Open||1||1||1||5||6||9||18||14|
|Women's British Open||1||1||0||3||3||7||12||8|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||1||1||1||2||2|
|du Maurier Classic||0||0||0||0||1||2||3||3|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 29 (1997 U.S. Open – 2005 Kraft Nabisco)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 5 (2001 U.S. Open – 2002 U.S. Open)
LPGA Tour career summary
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
- Espirito Santo Trophy (representing South Korea): 1994
- TalkAsia, CNN, 2007
- About.com - Se Ri Pak
- "Pak Sets LPGA Record With 61 U.S. Open Champion Makes 10 Birdies". Seattle Post-Intelliencer. 11 July 1998. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
- "Pak qualifies for LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame". LPGA. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2007.
- World Golf Hall of Fame Profile: Se Ri Pak
- "All-Time Records" (PDF). LPGA. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
- Adelson, Eric (5 September 2008). "Bivens' missteps starting to add up". ESPN. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
- "Information: 2008 International Players" (PDF). LPGA. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
- Sirak, Ron (5 September 2008). "LPGA Tour should have seen the fallout coming from English policy". ESPN. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
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- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 27 December 2011.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 31 December 2012.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 30 December 2013.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 29 December 2014.
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