Pak Se-ri

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Pak Se-ri
— Golfer —
2009 LPGA Championship - Se-ri Pak (2).jpg
Personal information
Born (1977-09-28) 28 September 1977 (age 36)
Daejeon, Korea
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality  South Korea
Residence Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Career
Turned professional 1996
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1998)
Former tour(s) LPGA of Korea Tour (joined 1996)
Professional wins 33
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 25
LPGA of Korea Tour 8
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 5)
Kraft Nabisco C'ship 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
The Evian Championship T4: 2013
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2007 (member page)
LPGA Rookie of the Year 1998
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
1998
LPGA Vare Trophy 2003
LPGA Heather Farr Award 2006
Associated Press
Female Athlete of the Year
1998
Pak Se-ri
Hangul
Hanja 세리
Revised Romanization Bak Seri
McCune–Reischauer Pak Seri
This is a Korean name; the family name is Pak.

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.

Career overview[edit]

Pak turned professional in 1996, a year before she moved to the United States as a 20-year-old.[1] 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."[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] (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."[5]

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).[6]

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."[7] 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,[8] and the single largest source of revenue for the LPGA was the sale of TV rights in South Korea.[9]

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. [10]

Professional wins (33)[edit]

LPGA Tour (25)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (5)
Other LPGA Tour (20)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 17 May 1998 McDonald's LPGA Championship 65-68-72-68=273 −11 3 strokes United States Donna Andrews
England Lisa Hackney
2 5 Jul 1998 U.S. Women's Open 69-70-75-76=290 +6 Playoff United States Jenny Chuasiriporn (a)
3 12 Jul 1998 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic 71-61-63-66=261 −23 9 strokes England Lisa Hackney
4 26 Jul 1998 Giant Eagle LPGA Classic 65-69-67=201 −15 1 stroke United States Dottie Pepper
5 20 Jun 1999 ShopRite LPGA Classic 63-69-66=198 −15 2 strokes England Trish Johnson
6 4 Jul 1999 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic 68-69-68-71=276 −8 Playoff United States Kelli Kuehne
Sweden Carin Koch
United States Sherri Steinhauer
Australia Karrie Webb
Australia Mardi Lunn
7 12 Sep 1999 Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf 67-71-70-72=280 −8 1 stroke Australia Karrie Webb
8 14 Nov 1999 PageNet Championship 66-66-74-70=276 −12 Playoff Australia Karrie Webb
England Laura Davies
9 16 Jan 2001 YourLife Vitamins LPGA Classic 71-68-64=203 −13 4 strokes Sweden Carin Koch
United States Penny Hammel
10 22 Apr 2001 Longs Drugs Challenge 66-71-71=208 −8 2 strokes United States Laura Diaz
11 8 Jul 2001 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic 70-62-69-68=269 −15 2 strokes Sweden Maria Hjorth
12 5 Aug 2001 Weetabix Women's British Open 71-70-70-66=277 −11 2 strokes South Korea Mi Hyun Kim
13 30 Sep 2001 AFLAC Champions 70-67-64-71=272 −16 5 strokes Canada Lorie Kane
14 7 Apr 2002 The Office Depot Championship 68-68-73=209 −7 1 stroke Sweden Annika Sörenstam
15 9 Jun 2002 McDonald's LPGA Championship 71-70-68-70=279 −5 3 strokes United States Beth Daniel
16 25 Aug 2002 First Union Betsy King Classic 70-68-66-63=267 −21 3 strokes United States Angela Stanford
17 13 Oct 2002 Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions 65-70-67-66=268 −20 4 strokes Scotland Catriona Matthew
Sweden Carin Koch
18 27 Oct 2002 Sports Today CJ Nine Bridges Classic 65-76-72=213 −3 6 strokes Sweden Carin Koch
19 23 Mar 2003 Safeway PING 65-68-68-64=265 −23 1 stroke South Korea Grace Park
20 27 Apr 2003 Chick-fil-A Charity Championship 71-65-64=200 −16 Playoff Australia Shani Waugh
21 18 Aug 2003 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic 69-67-64-71=271 −13 2 strokes Colombia Marisa Baena
South Korea Han Hee-won
22 9 May 2004 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill 70-71-69-65=275 −9 2 strokes United States Juli Inkster
Mexico Lorena Ochoa
23 11 Jun 2006 McDonald's LPGA Championship 71-69-71-69=280 −8 Playoff Australia Karrie Webb
24 15 Jul 2007 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic 63-68-69-67=267 −17 3 strokes United States Morgan Pressel
25 16 May 2010 Bell Micro LPGA Classic 69-66-68=203 −13 Playoff United States Brittany Lincicome
Norway Suzann Pettersen

LPGA Tour playoff record (6–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1998 U.S. Women's Open United States Jenny Chuasiriporn (a) Won with birdie on second extra hole
after 18-hole playoff (Chuasiriporn:73, Pak:73)
2 1999 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic United States Kelli Kuehne, Sweden Carin Koch, Australia Mardi Lunn
United States Sherri Steinhauer, Australia Karrie Webb
Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1999 PageNet Championship England Laura Davies, Australia Karrie Webb Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 2003 Chick-fil-A Charity Championship Australia Shani Waugh Won with par on fourth extra hole
5 2006 McDonald's LPGA Championship Australia Karrie Webb Won with birdie on first extra hole
6 2010 Bell Micro LPGA Classic United States Brittany Lincicome
Norway Suzann Pettersen
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)[edit]

  • 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

Major championships[edit]

Wins (5)[edit]

Pak at the 2009 LPGA Championship in Bulle Rock, Maryland
Year Championship Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1998 McDonald's LPGA Championship 65-68-72-68=273 −11 3 strokes United States Donna Andrews, England Lisa Hackney
1998 U.S. Women's Open 69-70-75-76=290 +6 Playoff 1 United States Jenny Chuasiriporn (a)
2001 Weetabix Women's British Open 71-70-70-66=277 −11 2 strokes South Korea Mi Hyun Kim
2002 McDonald's LPGA Championship 71-70-68-70=279 −5 3 strokes United States Beth Daniel
2006 McDonald's LPGA Championship 71-69-71-69=280 −8 Playoff 2 Australia 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 timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP DNP T13 T15
LPGA Championship DNP 1 T6 T3
U.S. Women's Open T21 1 T14 T15
du Maurier Classic DNP T41 T13 T7
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Kraft Nabisco Championship T11 T9 T15 T16 T27 T45 T10 T10 T40
LPGA Championship T39 1 T46 T17 CUT 1 T33 T46 T65
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
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
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
LPGA Championship CUT T34 T19 T28
The Evian Championship ^^ T4

^ 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

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
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
LPGA Championship 3 0 1 4 5 7 16 14
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1
du Maurier Classic 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 3
Totals 5 2 2 13 22 39 66 56
  • 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[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
Rolex
ranking
1998 27 26 4 0 0 8 1 872,170 2 71.41 13
1999 27 24 4 0 0 10 1 956,926 3 70.77 8
2000 23 22 0 0 2 11 3 550,376 12 72.49 10
2001 21 20 5 5 2 12 1 1,623,009 2 69.69 2
2002 24 24 5 1 2 17 1 1,722,281 2 69.85 2
2003 26 25 3 6 0 20 1 1,611,928 2 70.03 1
2004 19 17 1 1 0 5 1 682,669 11 71.34 27
2005 12 9 0 0 0 0 T27 62,628 102 74.21 116
2006 23 21 1 0 2 8 1 884,961 13 71.65 23 12
2007 23 20 1 0 1 8 1 820,129 16 71.74 14 10
2008 17 10 0 1 0 3 2 366,143 52 72.59 66 31
2009 24 20 0 1 0 2 2 447,683 30 71.98 37 43
2010 15 9 1 0 0 3 1 368,839 32 72.45 49 32
2011 20 17 0 0 0 4 4 415,447 27 71.97 26 35
2012 12 9 0 0 0 5 4 430,338 33 71.18 16 26
2013 18 14 0 0 0 3 T4 440,162 34 71.88 41 32

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TalkAsia, CNN, 2007
  2. ^ About.com - Se Ri Pak
  3. ^ "Pak Sets LPGA Record With 61 U.S. Open Champion Makes 10 Birdies". Seattle Post-Intelliencer. 11 July 1998. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Pak qualifies for LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame". LPGA. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2007. 
  5. ^ World Golf Hall of Fame Profile: Se Ri Pak
  6. ^ "All-Time Records" (PDF). LPGA. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Adelson, Eric (5 September 2008). "Bivens' missteps starting to add up". ESPN. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Information: 2008 International Players" (PDF). LPGA. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  9. ^ Sirak, Ron (5 September 2008). "LPGA Tour should have seen the fallout coming from English policy". ESPN. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  10. ^ Jack, Steve. "Se Ri Pak". writengine.com. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Se Ri Pak stats". LPGA. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 

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