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Whan: Park a 'Grand Slam winner' with Open win

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As Inbee Park sets her sights on a fourth consecutive major title at next week's Ricoh Women's British Open, questions have emerged as to what to call Park's feat should she win at St. Andrews during this, the first season featuring five majors on the LPGA Tour. In the eyes of commissioner Michael Whan, though, the description of the 25-year-old's potential feats would be clear.

'I'll call her a 'Grand Slam' winner if she wins four,' Whan explained during an interview on 'Morning Drive' Thursday. 'I think we've created the 'Super Slam' for five.'

Regardless of semantics, Park's chance at history is clear as she gets set to tee it up in Scotland next week, having already won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wegmans LPGA Championship and U.S. Women's Open earlier this season. According to Whan, the addition of a fifth major this year with the Evian Masters should have no bearing on how the 'Grand Slam' term might be used to describe Park's incredible 2013 campaign.

'If in 2011, Yani (Tseng) would have won all four available majors, we would have called her a Grand Slam winner,' explained Whan. 'I find it strange that in 2013 ... if Inbee wins four trophies in the first four majors, we wouldn't call her the same thing we would have called Yani.'

Despite the lingering questions about potential labels, Whan remains confident in the Tour's decision to extend the major championship designation to Evian, beginning this September.

'We built it because we wanted more exposure, more global media attention for the women's game,' he said of adding a fifth major. 'I think that's exactly what's going to happen, even more than we ever envisioned in its first year out of the gate.'