Whirlwind for Park after U.S. Open win


Inbee Park has been so busy in the whirlwind two days since she made history winning the U.S. Women’s Open Sunday, she hasn’t had time to celebrate.

Her last 48 hours have been consumed doing interviews and looking for her dream house.

After a media tour of the major networks in New York City on Monday, Park flew to Las Vegas Tuesday, where she began looking to buy a house where she and her fiancé will live. Park and Gi Hyeob Nam, who is also her swing coach, plan to marry sometime next year and make their home in the desert.

With temperatures reaching 120 degrees in Las Vegas, Park said house hunting was harder work than she imagined, but there is an upside.

“My budget’s gone up with these wins,” Park said in a telephone interview.

As the first woman to win the first three major championships of the year since Babe Zaharias in 1950, Park is in rarified air. She will head to St. Andrews and the Ricoh Women’s British Open next month looking to become the first man or woman to win four professional majors in a year. It could be the grandest moment in the 63-year history of the tour.

Park, though, is trying to enjoy her U.S. Women’s Open triumph without looking ahead too much in her week off before she heads back on tour for next week’s Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada.

“Maybe we’ll get to celebrate tonight with a dinner,” Park said in a telephone interview. “It’s been really busy. I haven’t had much time to myself. I’ve been doing a lot of interviews.”

Park is excited about buying a house in Las Vegas. She moved to the United States with her mother, Sung Kim, when she was 12 to play golf in the Orlando area and later moved to Las Vegas. Her father, Gun Gyu, remained in South Korea working to support the family. When she hasn't been traveling to tournaments, Inbee has been living with her parents in South Korea the last few years, too.

Park said having her parents in the gallery watching her historic U.S. Women’s Open victory at Sebonack Sunday meant the world to her.

“They’re pretty much the reason for everything,” Park said of her success. “They got me into golf, they taught me to play, they brought me to the United States. What could I have done without them? They did all the work. I only had to play golf.

“I can’t thank them enough. I’m just happy I could give them something to remember forever, to thank them a little bit making this history.”

Park said her U.S. Women’s Open trophy will go back to South Korea so her father can display at the company he owns. Her parents will remain in the United States for another week before heading back to South Korea, but they hope to make it to St. Andrews, where their daughter could give them another special gift.