LPGA: Why Inbee Park Can Win the Grand Slam

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2013

LPGA: Why Inbee Park Can Win the Grand Slam

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    No golfer has won more than three major championships in a single season. LPGA member Inbee Park is ready to make history in three weeks, as she tries to secure her fourth Grand Slam tourney at the Women's British Open to be held at St. Andrews.

    The 24-year-old South Korean has already claimed the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women's Open, joining Babe Zaharias as the only ladies to have accomplished the feat.

    Even though the achievement will be a bit more difficult to complete this year, since the tour has five Grand Slam events in the 2013 calendar—the Evian Championship was added to the category this season—if there is anyone that can make it happen, it's Park.

She Has Won More Tournaments Than Any Other Golfer in 2013

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    This season, Inbee Park has collected six trophies in 13 starts; no other golfer can say the same.

    Tiger Woods is the closest to Park with four official wins in 11 tournaments.

    They have some similarities, though. Both have missed the cut once and have won consecutive tournaments.

    And back to the ladies, the only one that has captured multiple victories is world No. 2 Stacy Lewis. She grabbed the HSBC Women's Champions and the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup back in March.

She Is the Best Female Golfer in the World

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    She joined the LPGA in 2007 and only took six years to become the most dominant female golfer in the planet. Park took over the Rolex Rankings top spot last April.

    At first, she only had a 0.04-point difference over Stacy Lewis. But after 12 weeks, the gap is bigger. Park leads Lewis by 4.98 points.

    The last golfer who had a shot to conquer the Grand Slam was Annika Sorenstam. In 2005 the Swede secured the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the LPGA Championship but finished tied for 23rd at the U.S. Women's Open.

She Can Also Complete the Career Grand Slam

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    There is a double reward if she wins the Women's British Open.

    Not only she will keep the Grand Slam dream alive, she will also become the seventh woman to complete the career Grand Slam.

    Park has won the U.S. Women's Open twice and the Kraft Nabisco Championship and LPGA Championship once each.

She Has One of the Strongest Short Games on the LPGA Tour

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    Park is a consistent player. Playing strong around and on the green is a key factor of her success.

    Inbee leads in several stats on the LPGA. She holds the best scoring average with 69.67 strokes—she is the only player that has broken 70—and has the best putting average (28.43).

    She is second in birdies (202), fifth in sand saves (61.1 percent) and is tied for 15th in greens in regulation (71.4 percent).

She Can Handle the Pressure

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    The total under par score in her last three major championship wins is 28-under.

    She won the Kraft Nabisco Championship by four strokes (15 under), the LPGA Championship in a playoff (five under) and the U.S. Women's Open, also by four (eight under).

    The toughest victory came at the LPGA Championship. Park started the third round, played on Sunday due to inclement weather, one shot behind the current leader Morgan Pressel. She managed to finish with a one-shot lead.

    Half an hour later, she teed off in the final round; by her 36th hole of the day she was tied for the lead with Catriona Matthew.

    Park kept the composure and defeated the Scottish player in the first playoff hole.

    Then at the U.S. Women's Open, Inbee was one of three players to finish the week under par.

    “I don’t know what I just did today; it’s something very great. It’s scary to think about what I am capable of doing,” she acknowledged in her acceptance speech.