In advance of British, Park's sights set on record-setting

By Randall MellJuly 9, 2013, 8:54 pm

Inbee Park has some special company in her return to play this week in Canada.

Record-making history is her traveling companion now, and that’s a great thing for the women’s game.

Park will take the best story going in golf with her when she makes her way around the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, beginning Thursday. She will be going for a fourth consecutive LPGA title when the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic begins, and yet all anyone wants to ask her about is her bid to become the first man or woman to win four professional majors in a season. She lit a fuse on the women’s game winning the U.S. Women’s Open the week before last to join Babe Zaharias (1950) as the only women to win the first three majors of the season.

Park, who celebrates her 25th birthday on Friday, knows she will be asked a lot about her history-making quest leading up to the Ricoh Women’s British Open at St. Andrews in three weeks.

There’s a challenge in the intensity of interest following her.

“I try not to think about it, but I think about 50 people have reminded me,” Park said Tuesday in her pre-tournament news conference in Canada. “I’m very lucky that I get that opportunity, where I have a chance to win four straight majors. All those things are just a gift for me, for playing good golf. Not many people get that opportunity, and I think I’m the lucky one, so I think I should appreciate it.”

Trying to become the first player to win four professional majors in a season is a monumental quest unto itself. Trying to do it at the home of golf, on the Old Course at St. Andrews, is almost fairy tale in its scripting.

“It would mean the world to me,” Park said. “I don’t think I even dreamed that far, to be honest. I never dreamed of doing a calendar Grand Slam ... That’s a tough thing. It would just mean a lot, something very special, doing something nobody’s ever done before.”

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After a whirlwind 24-hour tour of major networks in New York following her U.S. Women’s Open triumph, Park flew to Las Vegas, where she was equally busy house hunting with her fiancé/coach in record heat in the desert. She said she finally got to enjoy some down time at the end of last week with no event on the tour schedule.

Park needed the rest with her phone “ringing non-stop.” She said while it was tiring, she has enjoyed fielding all the congratulatory messages, including letters from Arnold Palmer and South Korean president Park Geun-hye. She was impressed at the details in Palmer’s letter, leading her to believe he watched the U.S. Women’s Open closely.

“If I were to play this tournament right after the U.S. Open, I think it would have been a lot tougher for me, just coming off the Sunday win,” Park said. “I feel more relaxed. I feel more refreshed. I feel a lot better this week. I think I’ve calmed down a lot.”

Park is going for her seventh LPGA title this season. She nearly won this event a year ago, losing to Brittany Lang in a playoff. There promises to be tough competition again this week with nine of the top 10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings in Canada. Of course, Park is used to bouncing back quickly. Dating back to last year’s Manulife LPGA Classic, Park has made 27 LPGA starts and finished T-2 or better a remarkable 14 times. She won eight of those starts.

If Park wins her fourth event in a row this week, she will equal yet another LPGA record, tying Mickey Wright, Kathy Whitworth and Annika Sorenstam for most consecutive victories in scheduled events. Wright did it twice, in 1962 and again in ’63. Nancy Lopez and Sorenstam share the record for winning the most consecutive LPGA starts with five. The difference in the records is not all five of their starts came in consecutive events on the tour schedule.

Park’s march through history is good for the women’s game, but the attention is something new for Park.

“It was weird getting that kind of attention,” Park said. “It was really different. It was a little fun for me  ... I’m trying to get used to it, not totally used to it yet, but still learning.”

Even with all the pressure coming down on her at the U.S. Women’s Open, Park seemed remarkably unaffected. She looks like she plays with an unshakable peace. She says the course is her refuge, and she hopes to keep it that way.

“When I'm inside the golf course, I can't think about too many things,” Park said. “When I'm outside the golf course, whether I want to hear, or I don't want to hear, I'm going to hear it. There's no doubt about that. I'm a human, and I think a lot of the same things that everybody else does, and I hear all the things that everybody talks about. I know I want to do something that somebody has never done before. I just know that it wouldn't be so helpful on the golf course, so I try to concentrate just on golf, on the golf course.”

It’s a formula taking Park on a record chasing journey.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.