Park Wins In U.S. Open Tune-Up

ROGERS, ARKANSAS | Inbee Park, having by far the best year of anyone in women’s golf, picked up her fifth victory of the season by winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday. She is far and away the favorite to win this week’s U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack Golf Club on Long Island in New York. Park already has two major championships to her credit in this, her finest year – the Kraft Nabisco and the Wegmans LPGA Championship. Park, No. 1 on the Rolex Rankings and perhaps the best putter in the women’s game, holed an eight-footer for birdie at the final hole to break a three-way tie and then made a three-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole to beat So Yeon Ryu. “I thought I had to go pretty low today,” said Park, who shot 4-under 67 in the final round for a 54-hole total of 12-under-par 201 at Pinnacle Country Club. “I played pretty well. I am happy with the way I played. Everything has been going really well. I’ve been hitting the ball well but I have been putting amazing. Everything has come together in the last couple of years.” Ryu had a two-shot lead late into the day when her round unwound. She four-putted the par-4 13th for double bogey and within moments, Park made birdie at the par-5 14th and Mika Miyazato made birdie at the par-3 15th. Suddenly, Ryu was one shot back of Park and Miyazato, who were tied for the lead. Miyazato failed to birdie the par-5 finishing hole and posted a score of 11-under 202, good for third place.


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