Inbee Park’s velvet putting stroke helped her to a historic season in 2014 with three major championship titles.
It’s letting her down this week with the Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy and official money title among so many prizes on the line. Park said as much after struggling to a 73 Saturday that left her tied for 38thwhen she signed her scorecard at the CME Group Tour Championship.
Parks needs to finish T-8 or better on Sunday to have any chance to beat out Stacy Lewis for Player of the Year in the points standings. She needs to finish about 15 shots ahead of Lewis to win the Vare Trophy and needs to win to take the money title from Lewis.
“The struggle definitely has been with the putter,” Park said. “The greens are really tough to read, and I don't know whether I'm hitting it wrong, or reading it wrong, but it just hasn't seemed to go in.”
Park complained that her putting wasn’t quite right the first half of this season, but she moved to No. 1 in putts per greens in regulation with her recent hot run. She will lead the tour in putts per GIR for the third consecutive season and for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.