NAPLES, Fla. – The big prizes within reach of Inbee Park this week go beyond the LPGA’s most important season-long awards.
With Park’s victory Sunday at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, she moved within one point of qualifying for the LPGA Hall of Fame.
Park’s victory was worth one Hall of Fame point, moving her to 26 total points, one shy of the Hall of Fame requirement. She can reach that standard in one of three ways this week: Winning the CME Group Tour Championship is worth one point, winning the Rolex Player of the Year is worth one point and winning the Vare Trophy is worth one point.
If Park gets the points required, she still won’t be eligible for induction until she completes 10 full seasons as an LPGA member. This is her ninth season.
Park said Tuesday she didn’t start thinking about the Hall of Fame until she won the Ricoh Women’s British Open to move within two points.
“Everybody was talking about it,” Park said. “So, since then I really got started thinking about it, because the Hall of Fame was probably my last goal of my career. I never really thought it was going to come this early, so I never really thought about it at all. Obviously, after winning last week, I came really close. I felt like I took a really big step on the road to the Hall of Fame.
“It's definitely my career goal, but I didn't really want to rush it. It came a lot quicker than I thought. It’s a true dream come true.”