Inbee Park Seeks Record at PGA Championship

The LPGA Tour heads to Sahalee Country Club this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The event, formerly the Wegman’s LPGA Championship and preceded as the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, among others, is at Sahalee for the first time in 18 years. As always, there are big stories for the week, including Ariya Jutanugarn’s quest at her fourth consecutive LPGA Tour win. The main focus will be on Inbee Park, who is looking to win the event for the fourth consecutive year, which has never been done in the same major on the LPGA. Park is also eligible for the Hall of Fame after completing the first round of this week’s event.

Park, number two in the Rolex rankings, has gone through many challenges this season, battling a thumb injury. She has taken two month-long breaks this year in attempts to heal from the thumb and back injury this year. All told, she has only two top ten finishes in nine starts this season, including withdraw from her last two events. Also thrown in there is a missed cut at the JTBC Founders Cup in March.

She admits that what has kept her motivated was to make the Hall of Fame. Since that is just a single round away, what is next for her? Further down the road, Park looks to lead South Korea in the Olympic golf competition in August, but for now her focus is on the PGA championship and getting healthy.

Park will have stiff competition this week, as is always the case in a major championship. Besides Jutanugarn, Anna Nordqvist is coming off a win and playing her best golf of the season. Cristina Kim has contended the last few weeks. Number one player in the Rolex rankings, Lydia Ko is always a factor. Do not count out Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, Stacy Lewis, Sei Young Kim and a slew of other players looking to claim the major.

First round coverage begins 4 PM local time on Thursday on the Golf Channel. Coverage continues on the Golf Channel through the weekend as well as on NBC Saturday and Sunday.

Kerry Kauffman
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