Pak Two Times a Winner


It wasnt historic, it wasnt even particularly riveting golf - unless, of course, you were Se Ri Pak. For Pak it was sweet victory.
Pak had a game plan as she entered the final round of the rain shortened Longs Drugs Challenge. I think tomorrow, everything will not change. Same game, same plan as the last two days, Pak said following Saturdays round. Thing is, not easy to get through as a leader through 18. Behind me, there are very strong players. Mentally, I have to try to be strong. Really, I just want to play by my game and enjoy myself. Thats all.
Free Video - Registration Required Se Ri Pak comments on her Longs Drugs Challenge win
This year, Im very confident in myself, my game. Mentally, Im pretty much stronger than last years. It is helping me for the golf course. I make a plan and am smart. Tomorrow, its going to be much confidence for myself. In two days, I only missed one fairway and one missed green today. This is not an easy golf course. But I have a lot of confidence to play 18 holes tomorrow.
Sunday did not begin exactly as she planned. Pak made bogey on the 370-yard, par 4 first ' a hole she bogeyed for the second day in a row, but quickly turned her game around with a birdie on the par-3 4th to move back to even par. I know I would have a good day, but putting was little bit of struggle. All day I couldnt putt, I hit great shots, but I couldnt make a putt all day. I was mad, a little upset, it was difficult to play out there. I knew I had to hang in there with the golf and I tried to play it hole by hole. I wanted to get the trophy, I promised myself.
Making the turn at even par, Pak continued on that path until encountering trouble on the 13th - a par-3 - in the form of a bogey after three putting. It was at this point that Se Ri really needed to play smart golf. She was no longer in the lead of this tournament. A young, and winless Laura Diaz had made a putt to pull into the lead and put pressure on Pak.
Heading into the final stretch Pak stepped up to the challenge by birding the par-4 16th and par-5 17th. Pak made birdies on these two holes in every round of this event, though by doing it today she pulled ahead of Diaz by one shot. Even par on the last gave Se Ri a final round of 1-under-par 71.
62 putts later with three-day scores of 66-71-71 (208), Pak captured her second win of the season. I said no matter what I was not going to give up that trophy.
Laura Diaz finished in second place and smarting from letting potentially her first win on Tour slip through her fingers. Diaz finished 6-under-par with three-day scores of 70-72-68 (210).
The three-year veteran from Scotia, NY held the lead outright midway through her round after carding birdie on the par-4 10th and again on the par-5 12th.
It was nothing less than disappointing for Diaz, who played great golf this week hitting 42 greens in regulation, when Pak made back-to-back birdies once again leaving the New York native trailing the lead by one stroke. A final and poignant bogey on the 398-yard par-4 last destroyed any hopes of a win this week.
Michele Redman, not one for watching the scoreboard, finished 5-under 68-70-73 (211) and in sole possession of third place.
The stars were not in Annika Sorenstams house this week. An unusual three-day total of 4-over-par 73-72-75 (220) left her tied for 43rd place. Sorenstams game was as sharp as ever in many ways - Sunday she hit 16 greens. Ultimately, it was her putter that failed her this week.
The pragmatic Swede was not daunted by her performance this week. I feel good about my game, Sorenstam said after the final round. Im disappointed over all but I never really had a chance. Im going to try to do it again.
I feel calm. I was excited at the beginning of the week and I had a chance to do something no one else has ever done. I had a few breaks last week and this week I didnt have the breaks.
Next week Im going to go work with my teacher and figure out what when wrong this week. Im more than pleased with my game this year. I wasnt going out to win five tournaments in a row, I just wanted to win tournaments this year.