World news – Inbee Park scores 21st career LPGA win at Kia Classic’s first start of the year


CARLSBAD, Calif. – Inbee Park opened their LPGA tour season with a wire-to-wire win on Sunday at the Kia Classic on the eve of the first major championship of the year.

The Hall of Famer won the Aviara Golf Club finally put it all together and won her 21st LPGA Tour title after finishing second on the scenic course in 2010, 2016 and 2019. She tied LPGA founder Marilynn Smith for 25th place on the win list and pulled in four matching Se Ri Paks for the South Korean brand.

« She’s someone I always looked up to when I grew up am, and obviously she’s always big in my heart, « Park said of Pak. “It’s always a great thing to follow in their footsteps. Really happy to be getting closer. « 

Park finished with a 2:70 win over Lexi Thompson and Amy Olson. Park finished 14 under 274 and opened with rounds of 66, 69 and 69.

The 32-year-old Park who came up Ranked fourth in the world, is now heading to the desert to visit ANA Inspiration at Rancho Mirage. It won the third of its seven major titles in Mission Hills in 2013. It also won on its first LPGA Tour start of 2013 and achieved the feat in the Honda LPGA Thailand.

« It’s been a great week this week, » said Park. « It was my first week in about three months and I’ve played so well. I mean, I couldn’t believe it about how I was out there this week. I thought this week was just some kind of preparation for next week, but I’ve surpassed so much more. I’m just very happy. « 

Inbee Park couldn’t believe the victory at Kia Classic

After doing three birdies in a four-hole section around the corner, Park spun the 12th and 13th bogey, then took the two strokes with a 40-foot eagle putt on the short par- 4-16 back. She putted 18th with three puttings for a bogey.

Park gave the tour its first international winner of the year after the Americans Jessica and Nelly Korda and Austin Ernst won the first three tournaments.

 » Inbee played great so she was a tough chase, « said Thompson. « But I’m just happy with where my game is going next week. »

FROM Golf Channel Digital

FROM Golf Channel Digital

BY Rex Hoggard

Inbee Park, three-time runner-up in the event, opened a five-stroke lead on Saturday to finally win the Kia Classic.

Inbee Park leads the way through two laps of the Kia Classic while Michelle Wie West missed the cut on her return to the LPGA.

Michelle Wie West battled her first tournament in nearly two years through a round of 9 against 81, while Inbee Park shot a 6 under 66 for the lead in the first round to take over.


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