by Jeff Skinner
Inbee Park is owning the LPGA Tour this year and keeping hope alive for the “Grand Slam” as she heads into the U.S. Women’s Open on Thursday.
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park captured her fifth victory of the 2013 by defeating best friend So Yeon Ryu in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. Park overcame a four-stroke deficit on Sunday and held the outright lead for one hole before second round co-leader So Yeon Ryu sank a 10-foot biride putt on the final hole to force a playoff.
The victory at Pinnacle Country Club is Park’s second consecutive win following a major championship triumph at the Wegmans LPGA Championship two weeks ago. She enters next week’s U.S. Women’s Open having won the first two majors of the season and looks to enter the history books as only the second player in Tour history to win the first three majors of the season.
“I was able to putt really well on this golf course and play very solid last three days and, yeah, I mean holed a lot of putts,” said Park, who was fourth this week in putts per GIR. “I’ve won a lot of times this year, but I still feel the pressure coming into the final round every time and definitely feel a lot of pressure in the playoff.