Professional Golfer - Inbee Park

We take a look at Inbee's professional career to date. After an incredible 7 years so far, the sky is the limit for this young golfer in 2014.

At the very young age of 25 Inbee Park already has an impressive series of accomplishments under her belt.  A front runner in the world of ladies golf Park has already won 4 major championships in her career and currently ranks at number 1 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.

Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1988 she began playing golf when she was just 10. Her interest in the sport quickly developed and by the age of twelve she had moved to the United States to pursue a career. In 2002 on the American Junior Golf Association circuit Park won nine events and was a five-time Rolex Junior All-American as well as being named Rolex Junior Player of the Year. That same year Park also won the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship but this was just the beginning of her winning streak

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In 2006 at the age of 17 Park made an appeal to the LPGA to qualify for their tour. As their rules required entrants to be over the age of 18 her appeal was denied. Shortly afterwards however Inbee Park turned professional and in April she competed on the Duramed Futures Tour, where she recorded eleven top 10 finishes.

She also finished 3rd on the Duramed Futures Tour season-ending money list to earn exempt status for the 2007 LPGA season.

2008 can most certainly be credited with being Park’s breakthrough year. She became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the U.S. Women’s Open at the Interlachen Country Club, Minnesota making her the youngest player to ever win the Open at the age of 19 years, 11 months, 17 days. Along with this huge accomplishment she was also only the fifth player in LPGA history to win both the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and U.S. Women’s Open.

Although Park’s statistics from 2009 to 2011 did not match those of the preceding years in her career she bounced back in 2012 with two wins on the LPGA Tour and finished in the top-three in 10 out of 23 tournaments she played. She also topped the LPGA in both money earned and scoring average.

 2013 was an incredible year for the young golfer where she won her fourth LPGA Tour event in the second tournament of the year at the Honda LPGA in Thailand.

In April, Park  won her second major title at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the following week she became the top ranked golfer in the Women's World Golf Rankings.

Park won her third title of the year a couple of weeks later at the North Texas LPGA Shootout.

On June 9th, Park won her second consecutive major of the year and third career major at the 2013 LPGA Championship.

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Later that same month Park also won her third major championship of the year and fourth career major at the 2013 U.S. Women's Open. The victory was also the third in a row for Park. The last person to accomplish this feat was Lorena Ochoa when she won four consecutive tournaments.

Currently sitting on top of the Women’s World Golf Rankings we have no doubt that Inbee Park has a fantastic year ahead of her in 2014 as well as a long and successful career in the future.

Laura

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