Park rides hot putter to North Texas Shootout victory

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Inbee Park won the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout Sunday with a strong closing effort at Las Colinas Country Club.

Park shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 65 to pull away from the field in a three-shot victory over Cristie Kerr (66) and Hee Young Park (66). It’s Park’s second victory this year.

“My putting is back,” Park said.

Uh-oh.

That has to be what fellow LPGA pros are thinking if Park’s flat stick is heating up.

While Park has been especially pleased with her improved ball striking over the last two seasons, she has spoken frequently about her frustration with not being able to take advantage because of her inconsistent putting. She’s considered the best putter in the women’s game.

“This week was a totally different putting week for me,” said Park, who switched putters this week. “I putted really good. Even though I missed a couple of short ones, I holed a lot of long‑range putts. So, yeah, I'm really happy with the way I'm rolling the ball.”

Park also won the North Texas Shootout two years ago.

As the Rolex world No. 2, Park won’t catch No. 1 Lydia Ko with the victory, but she’ll narrow the gap. Ko won last week’s Swinging Skirts Classic to pad her lead in the world rankings.