Pak: South Korean women strong under pressure

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Se Ri Pak was the inspiration that led to South Korea’s rise as a women’s golf power, and she revealed Tuesday what she thinks makes Koreans so dominant.

Pak, 39, making her farewell LPGA appearance in South Korea this week before retirement, told reporters at the KEB Hana Bank Championship that there are two key psychological components in play that go hand in hand with the Korean work ethic and training programs.

“One is the ability to adjust to whatever environment we’re playing in, and, second, we're very strong psychologically, because most of us play with a lot of pressure,” Pak said. “We've dealt with pressures from early on, so I think those are two things that really make players play better.”

South Koreans have proven especially strong on the game’s grandest stages. Inbee Park won the Olympic gold medal in women’s golf in August and In Gee Chun won the Evian Championship in September. Korean women have won nine of the last  20 women’s majors.

South Korean women are going for their fourth LPGA title in a row this season. They’ve won a tour-best nine LPGA titles this year. Thailand’s won five, all by Ariya Jutanugarn. New Zealand has won four, all by Lydia Ko. No other country has won more than two.