Inbee Park won the 2012 Evian Masters in grand style on Sunday, and her long-awaited second-career victory will help her to achieve even greater glory. She shot an exceptional round of six-under par to give her a total of 17-under par for the tournament, squeaking out the victory over tour veteran Karrie Webb and Stacy Lewis
According to the AP's Jerome Pugmire, it's been four long years since Park won her first LPGA Tour tournament. She was 20 years old at the time, and many thought she'd become one of the tour's young stars.
But, she labored without another victory until this glorious occasion, and her victory is all the sweeter because she performed so well under such intense pressure.
The Evian Masters is one of the LPGA's most prestigious events. So much so, that after this tournament, it's going to become the Evian Championship and the fifth women's major championship starting next September, according to Pugmire's report.
It has been, to this point, much like the Players Championship is every year for the PGA. The only difference is that the LPGA has decided to go ahead and make it official.
Now that you have a sense for how big an accomplishment it was for Park to win this event, let's take a look at how it's going to affect her going forward.
Although Park hadn't won in four years, it's not like she wasn't competitive. Before this event, she'd finished in the top 10 for the last four tournaments, including a second-place finish at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic and a fourth-place finish at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
She was playing excellent golf, and now that she's finally gotten the monkey off her back, so to speak, I see even more wins in her near future. It's amazing how a single victory can sometimes spur players on to more in the future. Much like a batter in baseball who has been in a slump, getting that first hit out of the way can start hot streaks.
Park isn't going to have to wait another four years for her next LPGA victory, and I see her being a major force on tour for years to come.
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