Jun
8
2014
Inbee Park crushes the field in Canada with a 61
By Bernie D'Amato under LPGA

 

World no. 2 Inbee Park shot the best round of the year to win the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada. The 10-under 61 gave Park a three-stroke victory over Cristie Kerr, and momentum heading into the U.S. Women’s Open in a couple weeks.

Park lost her number one ranking last week to Stacy Lewis, but she made up for it in a big way today. After the round, she spoke with Jerry Foltz of the Golf Channel about how she turned a negative into a positive, “That probably put a little bit of pressure off of me. Also, at the same time, I think [it] was time where I needed a little bit of motivation…I didn’t have a win after the [2013] U.S. Open…I was playing good but not great, so I think last week was very good motivation and inspiration for me. This week, I really thought I needed to step it up a little bit, and try to play some better golf.”

Inbee played unbelievable golf in the final round. She went out in five-under 31, and birdied ten, twelve, thirteen, and fourteen to get to nine-under on the day, and open up a four-stroke lead over Kerr and Shanshan Feng. Kerr made a couple birdies over the closing stretch, and Park made birdie on eighteen for a three-stroke victory.

Foltz asked Inbee if she was thinking about a 59 after getting to nine-under through fourteen, and Inbee said, “I didn’t really think about the 59. All I thought about was trying to win that trophy home.”

Putting can be a blessing or a curse in the golfing world, and Inbee is pleased to have her putter back in time for Pinehurst No. 2, “First time I putted really well in a while, so I’m just really happy that my putter is finally back…It’s really good timing.”

The win is the tenth of Park’s career.

Top-10:

1. Inbee Park (-23)

2. Cristie Kerr (-20)

3. Shanshan Feng (-18)

T4. Belen Mozo (-16)

T4. Lydia Ko (-16)

T6. Stacy Lewis (-15)

T6. Michelle Wie (-15)

T8. Chella Choi (-14)

T8. Suzann Pettersen (-14)

T10. Caroline Masson (-13)

T10. So Yeon Ryu (-13)

T10. Hee Young Park (-13)

T10. Anna Nordqvist (-13)

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic leaderboard.

–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)