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10. S. Korean Golfers Dominate LPGA Competitions

2015-12-28

10. S. Korean Golfers Dominate LPGA Competitions
South Korean golfers won a record of 14 LPGA tournaments this year, including five by Park In-bee.

Park, in particular, reaped historical achievements.

On August third, Park accomplished a career grand slam on the LPGA Tour by capturing the Ricoh Women's British Open. Park claimed her first major in 2008 by winning the U.S. Women's Open. In 2013, she won three majors: the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA Championship and the U.S. Open.

In winning four different major championships over her career, Park completed a career grand slam, becoming only the seventh golfer to do so in the history of the LPGA.

Park also became the youngest player to qualify for induction into the LPGA Hall of Fame. Having earned the 27 career points needed to qualify for the Hall of Fame, Park will become formally eligible for induction next year, after completing her 10th season playing on the professional tour. She would become the second South Korean to receive the honor after Pak Se-ri in 2007.

Other noteworthy golfers include Kim Sei-young who was named the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year by the LPGA after securing three wins and Choi Na-yeon, who scored two wins. Yang Hee-young, Kim Hyo-joo, Lee Min-jee and Choi Woon-jung also won one LPGA championship each.

Another golfer who set a record this year was Chun In-gee. Chun became the first woman to win major titles in South Korea, the United States and Japan in a single season.

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