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— Inbee Park (@InbeePark) October 7, 2014
Inbee Park is teeing it up in her homeland of South Korea this week, just days after saying “I do.”
Park married her swing coach, Gi Hyeob Nam, on Monday in Seoul. Rather than decamp on a tropical honeymoon, however, she ventured an hour west to Incheon for the LPGA’s KEB-HanaBank Championship. Although the wedding interfered with her usual pretournament practice regimen, she played in the pro-am and opened with a 71 on Thursday, which was four off the lead.
Park, who is ranked second in the world behind American Stacy Lewis, has followed up her six-victory, three-major 2013 season with a two-win 2014 campaign, capturing her fifth career major at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in August. With six tournaments remaining on the LPGA schedule this year, the 26-year-old could be primed for a strong finishing kick now that seating charts and centerpieces are off her mind.
And hopefully once the season’s over, Park and her new hubby will take time out to sip mai tais on a beach somewhere.
Meanwhile, two other 2014 major winners who are returning from injury in Incheon fared rather poorly in the first round. U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie, who has been sidelined with a finger injury, opened with a 76 at Sky72 Golf Club while Ricoh Women’s British Open champion Mo Martin, who’s had a bad thumb, shot 78.