World No. 1 Inbee Park rose above the competition to clinch her first Women's British Open title on Sunday, recording an incredible seven-under 65 to complete a career Grand Slam.
Park enjoyed a bogey-free back nine in the fourth round of the contest to leapfrog compatriot Jin-Young Ko, defeating her by a clear three-shot margin in the end.
As a result, Park becomes just the seventh player in the history of women's golf to win four different majors, per ESPN Stats & Info, and has the opportunity to complete her set at the Evian Championship next month:
Here's how the standings looked among the top 10 finishers after the fourth round of the Women's British Open on Sunday:
|2015 Women's British Open Round 4 Leaderboard|
|1||Inbee Park||South Korea||-12||-7||65|
|2||Jin-Young Ko||South Korea||-9||-1||71|
|T3||So Yeon Ryu||South Korea||-8||-4||68|
|T3||Lydia Ko||New Zealand||-8||-3||69|
|6||Teresa Lu||Chinese Taipei||-6||+2||74|
|2015 Women's British Open Top 6 Prize Payout|
It finished as a triumphant day for South Korean golfers in particular at Trump Turnberry, with So Yeon Ryu finishing strongly to join countrywomen Park and Ko in the top three.
However, none were as rampant as the victor, with Park displaying the same unforgiving talents that have put her atop the world rankings for the past two years. The Golf Channel's Justin Ray put her dominance into further context:
Despite the overall strong nature of her Round 4 display, it started off in shaky manner for Park, who birdied the second and third holes, only to cancel out those exploits with bogeys on the fourth and fifth. They proved to be the final slip-ups of her Sunday outing, though, as Park used the seventh as a springboard to sink four consecutive birdies and begin her surge anew.
The 27-year-old was one of only 10 players to manage a spotless back nine on Sunday, failing to make a single bogey—an incredible achievement considering more than 70 participants were in action.
And despite all her successes, Park chronicled this win as the most important of her career, according to ESPN's Jason Sobel:
Ko was in decent shape to maintain her own charge at the Women's British Open crown, matching Park at three under on the front nine, but a calamitous couple of errors led to her downfall later on.
First came a costly bogey on the 13th, but Ko's crushing collapse was set in stone at the 16th, where she shot two over the par four to fall out of reach of Park. The Golf Channel's Randall Mell detailed her desperate position on the 18th:
Coming from within fingertips of the Women's British Open title to falling so far off the pace, Ko's day ended in bitter disappointment. Having said that, the 20-year-old gave an incredible account of her ability in what was her first real experience of a links course.
For now, South Korea has its reigning champion in the form of Park, but the next generation of talent could be led by Ko, quickly making moves as her nation's rising star.