Steady as She Goes
How Inbee Park, the so-called “Silent Assassin,” became the story of the year in women’s golf.
story and photos by MARK EDWARD HARRIS
In the game of golf, it’s not just how you handle your club, it’s how you handle yourself. In 2013, Inbee Park epitomized that statement.
“Very low key,” Brittany Lincicome, one of the longest drivers in women’s golf, characterized Park. “She goes with the flow, and that’s what you need out here.”
“The way she plays the game, it’s so steady,” said Paula Creamer, the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion.
“You would think, after winning two of them, it would faze her a little bit,” said Stacy Lewis, whom Park replaced as the No. 1 women’s professional golfer in the world this past April. “But obviously at [this year’s] U.S. Open, it didn’t. Inbee is playing so good this year, and she’s so steady. You wouldn’t know whether she’s winning a tournament or whether she’s losing it, and that’s what you need in a major. As a player, you’d like to know if she’s human, to see if she actually feels the nerves like the rest of us do.” Continue Reading »
Women’s golf prodigy Lydia Ko filed a petition Friday to turn professional but will need the approval of the LPGA.
Only golfers age 18 and over can turn pro, but the LPGA has waived the age restriction in the past for some golfers. LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan will make the decision on Ko. Whan granted Lexi Thompson’s petition to turn pro at just age 15 two years ago, so it’s widely expected that Ko will receive an exemption.
Whan plans to speak to Ko and her family after returning from his trip in Asia. Continue Reading »
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Michelle Wie exchanged her driver for a sniper rifle and tested her precision at the shooting range this past weekend.
Wie and fellow Korean American pro golfers, Christina Kim and Jane Park, enjoyed their week off from the LGPA Tour and made a visit to Austin, Texas, for a pre-wedding celebration for bride-to-be Jeehae Lee, a retired LGPA Tour player who is now Wie’s manager. They were also joined by the vice-president of IMG, Nickole Raymond, who represents several golfers including Wie.
A part of their bachelorette party plans included a visit to Hidden Falls Adventure Park, where they engaged in some friendly competition at the shooting range.
Wie, who expressed some nervousness before her first experience with firearms, sampled a wide variety of guns, including an assault rifle and sniper rifle. Continue Reading »
Teenage golf phenom Lydia Ko became the first amateur to win two LPGA events at the CN Canadian Women’s Open on Sunday in Edmonton.
The 16-year-old shot a final-round 64 and finished at 15-under to edge Karine Icher of France by five strokes. Sunday’s win is Ko’s second in an LPGA event after she became the youngest winner in history as a 15-year-old at last year’s Canadian Open.
“I was in a little bit more of a pressure position [as defending champion], so I was really happy with my 64,” Ko said.
Born in South Korea but raised in New Zealand, Ko could not accept the $300,000 first prize money as she still an amateur. The prize money instead went to second-place Icher. Ko, ineligible to turn pro until she’s 18, reportedly has had to leave nearly $1 million in prize money on the table despite playing in 14 LPGA events. Ko told the Canadian Press she was considering turning professional. Continue Reading »
There are plenty of opposing views on Michelle Wie’s participation in this year’s Solheim Cup, but the 23-year-old golfer isn’t deterred by her critics.
Wie is ranked only 82nd in the world after failing to win on the LPGA Tour in the last three years, but she will represent the United States at the Solheim Cup thanks to team captain Meg Mallon, who used her discretionary captain’s pick to choose the former child prodigy. Mallon felt Wie’s long-distance drives will help the Team USA at Colorado Golf Club, which is known for its length.
“It’s tough being a captain’s pick,” Mallon told the Associated Press. “There’s a lot of pressure that players put on themselves being a pick. She lives on this stage almost every day that she plays. So walking into this environment is not going to affect her. I needed another player like that on the team. I had three rookies already.” Continue Reading »