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Hall of Famer Pak WDs from U.S. Women's Open

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Se Ri Pak will miss the U.S. Women’s Open for the first time since becoming a member of the LPGA 17 years ago.

Pak, 37, who inspired a surge in women’s golf in her native South Korea when she won the U.S. Women’s Open as a rookie at Blackwolf Run in 1998, has withdrawn from next month’s U.S. Women’s Open, the USGA announced Monday. Her agent told that she has decided to “take some time off to get recharged for the remaining season.”

Pak has withdrawn after the first rounds of her last two LPGA starts. She cited illness after shooting 84 in the first round of her last start at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship two weeks ago.

England’s Georgia Hall will replace Pak in the field at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pa. Hall was the first alternate in the U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifier in Buckinghamshire, England.

Pak, a Hall of Famer with 25 LPGA titles, including five majors, has missed the cut or withdrawn from her last five LPGA starts.