SOUTHAMPTON, New York: World No. 1 Park In-Bee won the US Wo-men’s Open on Sunday (Monday in Manila), grabbing a slice of LPGA history with her third straight major triumph of 2013.
Park’s final-round 74 gave her an eight-under total of 280 and a four-shot victory over I.K. Kim, who also carded a two-over 74 for 284.
The South Korean superstar joined US sporting legend Babe Zaharias as the only women to win the first three majors in a season. Zaharias won all three in 1950.
“I’m very honored to put my name (next) to someone like Babe Zaharias,” said Park, who will have a chance to become the first man or woman to win four major golf championships in a season at the Women’s British Open at St. Andrews, August 1-4.
“I think it’s too early to think about the next one,” Park said. “I think I really want to enjoy the moment as it is, in the moment . . .
“I’m just glad that I can give it a try at St. Andrews. That’s going to be a great experience. Whether I do it or not, I’m just a very lucky person.”
Park had put herself in position to win with a 71 on Saturday — the only sub-par round of the third round giving her a four-stroke cushion over Kim.
After back-to-back bogeys at the sixth and seventh, Park rebounded with birdies at the ninth and 10th, stretching her lead to as many as six shots.
Despite another brace of bogeys at 14 and 15, she was never seriously threatened as Kim was unable to find a birdie on the back nine.