Golf: Park eyes Evian title to give career a Major boost

Park In Bee wipes away a tear after clinching the women's British Open title last month. She has won seven Majors and aims to add to that tally by winning the Evian Championship, which starts today.
Park In Bee wipes away a tear after clinching the women's British Open title last month. She has won seven Majors and aims to add to that tally by winning the Evian Championship, which starts today.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

EVIAN (France) • Park In Bee, golf's world No. 1, aims to end any doubt over her claims to a career Grand Slam by winning the Evian Championship starting today.

She won the Evian Masters in 2012 - the year before the tournament changed its name and became the women's fifth Major.

Last month, the South Korean won her first women's British Open, her seventh Major title, to sit alongside three LPGA Championships, two US Women's Opens and the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

"Winning all the Majors has always been my goal," said the 27-year-old. "I've got my name on every Major championship trophy but I won Evian before it became a Major.

"So it would be really good to win it again this year."

Park has another remarkable feat in her sights this week. She won three Majors in 2013 and victory on Sunday would again be her third Major of the season.

In June, she captured a third successive LPGA Championship.

"It's already been a great season and I always love coming to Evian," she said.

"It's one of the most beautiful venues on the Tour."

But Park will not have it all her own way. For world No. 2 Lydia Ko, it is the final chance to become the youngest winner of a women's Major. Morgan Pressel was 18 years and 10 months old when she set the record at the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Ko came close to winning the title as a 16-year-old two years ago when she finished runner-up to Norway's Suzann Pettersen. Since then, the teenager has gone on to hold the world No. 1 ranking and has eight LPGA titles to her name.

"I never really think about records but it is my goal to win one Major before my career is done," said the 18-year-old. She has already declared that she will retire from the game at 30.

South Korea's Kim Hyo Joo defends the title she won as a 19-year-old, having started the championship with a record 61.

Evian is the final event before the Solheim Cup.

The US and European team members will be hoping for a morale-boosting victory before heading to Germany on Monday.

Europe is defending the Cup, having won it for the first time on US soil in Colorado two years ago.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2015, with the headline 'Park eyes Evian title to give career a Major boost'. Print Edition | Subscribe