Inbee Park falls short in quest for fourth consecutive Major
Inbee Park needed a miracle in the final round of the Women’s British Open at St. Andrews to keep her hopes alive of four consecutive Major victories in one calendar year.
By the time she finished her opening hole, her hopes were all but dashed.
Park started with a double-bogey at the first hole on her way to a six-over par, 78. Park finished the tournament also at six-over, 14 shots behind winner Stacy Lewis.
“I’ve done something amazing this season. I won three straight majors. I don’t know if I can do that again,” Park told reporters after her disappointing weekend.
Previously this year, Park won at the Kraft Nabisco Open, LPGA Championship and U.S. Women’s Open, looking to become the first player to ever win the “Grand Slam” in a single season. There was debate heading into the tournament if winning the four majors was really considered the “Grand Slam” since the LPGA added a fifth Major this season; The Evian Championship.
By the way, Park won at The Evian Championship last season so her bid for four Majors this season is still alive.
After starting off with six birdies on the first 10 holes Thursday, the chances looked strong for Park to win her fourth straight Major. But things quickly turned around and she was never able to get comfortable on the weekend, fighting the weather on her way to shooting eight-over in the final two rounds.
Sitting at nine-strokes back entering the final round, Park knew her chances of winning were “almost impossible,” noted the Associated Press.
“When you’re so far behind, it’s hard to get the motivation,” Park added.
Although she fell short in becoming the first to win four consecutive Majors, it’s been an unforgettable year for Park, and with her strong play, it’s possible we could be facing this same possibility come next season.