• Shot seven-under-par final round to win by three shots
• Becomes only seventh woman golfer to achieve the slam
INBEE PARK | RICOH WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN
Inbee Park has become just the seventh woman golfer to achieve the traditional career Grand Slam after carding a seven-under-par final round to clinch the RICOH Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry.
The 27-year-old, who also won the Women’s PGA Championship earlier this year, started her final round three shots adrift of leaders Jin Young Ko and Teresa Lu, but stormed to the top of the leaderboard to claim her seventh major title.
In completing the traditional career Grand Slam, Park has joined the elite group comprised of Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam, Louise Suggs, Karrie Webb and Mickey Wright who have previously achieved that feat, while the world No.1’s dominance is reflected in the fact that she’s won six of the last 14 majors in a period where no other players has one more than once.
"This is the one trophy I really wanted to win because it means so much" - Inbee Park
“It feels great to hold this trophy finally,” said Inbee Park, who finished runner-up at the tournament back in 2012. “I have given it a few cracks but it just been so hard.
“This is the one trophy I really wanted to win because it means so much, has so much history. It’s definitely the golfers’ most wanted trophy. I set one goal this year and that was to win the British Open and, being the only goal I’ve set, it feels great.
“Now, I’ve put my name on every single major,” she added.” I mean the Evian, I won that the year before it became a major, but I was still the Evian champion and my name is still on the trophy. I feel like I’ve won all the Majors in women’s golf. But it would be nice to win the Evian again as a major, maybe that should be my goal now.”
Jin Young Ko finished three shots behind Park to finish alone in second, while So Yeon Ryu ensured that it was a South Korean top three in Ayrshire, with New Zealander and world No.2 Lydia Ko also finishing in a share of third after a final round of 69.
Amy Boulden and Melissa Reid were the highest-placed British golfers in the field, finishing in a tie for ninth on four-under-par, but it wasn’t a great week for the Scots, with Catriona Matthew ending on nine-over-par in 50th place.
Carly Booth finished on 14-over, while Kylie Walker, Connie Jaffrey, Vikki Laing, Sally Watson and Pamela Pretswell all failed to make it to the weekend.
Inbee Park :: Career grand slam
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