With Inbee Park looking to win her seventh LPGA title this season and her fourth in a row when the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic begins Thursday, her American competition can’t help marveling at her winning ways even as they seek to end them.
A sampling of reactions from three Americans invited into the media center Wednesday:
Stacy Lewis: “You look at her numbers the last few weeks, and the way she's winning, and the way she's getting it done, it's just impressive. To play well with all the extra demands, with the extra attention, is even better. So, it's great what she's doing. It's creating a lot of headlines for us, which is good. She's getting the respect from the media that she deserves.”
Brittany Lang: “It’s like the U.S. Open every week with Inbee Park, actually, exactly like that, because she makes every putt, and she doesn't make many mistakes. You do have to play more aggressively. I think she's making the tour better, obviously, but she's making the players better, for sure.”
Paula Creamer: “It was the same with Annika Sorenstam in '05, when she was so hot, and then Lorena Ochoa came in after her, and Yani Tseng. It's just kind of a domino effect. It's pretty neat to see that. Obviously, we want to be that person in that chair . . . It’s so impressive what she's doing, but at the same time, it's elevating all of us. It's where we need to be. If we're not, she's going to leave us all in the dust. She's just playing so well. Obviously, streaks don't last forever, but what she's been doing is changing women's golf. It's almost like the next Se Ri Pak movement for Korea. It's pretty interesting to watch.”