Honeymoon phase: Park hoping to stay hot

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NAPLES, Fla. – Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park will be looking to keep the Honeymoon glow in her golf game going with Thursday’s start of the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

Since getting married days before the LPGA-KEB HanaBank Championship in South Korea last month, Park has been on a tear. She finished fourth that week in South Korea, won in her next start in Taiwan and finished third in her very next start after at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational last week.

“A couple months before the wedding, I thought a lot about the wedding,” Park said. “Golf became a little bit of a second priority, because I thought this wedding is a very important event in my life. I thought I really wanted to make it really special . . . I didn't play many events this year because of the wedding. I missed a few events.”


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Park married her swing coach, Gi Hyeob Nam.

While Park didn’t play as much as she usually does in the months leading up to her wedding, she was playing well going to it. She had six top-10 finishes, including a victory at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, before getting married.

“I feel free,” Park said. “After getting married, I can really focus on golf right now. But I never regret that I spent that much time on the wedding, because it was such a great experience and I had such a nice time.”