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May 04

Park Comes Up Big in Texas

Inbee Park Takes the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout

Inbee Park Inbee Park has a way of making golf look ridiculously easy. So it was during the final round of the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout Presented by JTBC.
Park charged past the field with a blistering 6-inder par 65. She finished three shots clear of Cristie Kerr and Hee Young Park with a 72-hole total of 15-under par 269.
Park, who will turn 27 this summer, has won 14 times on the LPGA Tour. That total includes five major titles including two U.S. Women’s Opens. She also won this event two years ago.
“I love this golf course,” Park said. “Some people say they have a couple of they say it’s tough to play on. But I really like it. It seems like it really suits my eye. And yeah, I’ve been playing really good the last three years here, and I love to come here and play. The crowds here, the atmosphere is great, so I love to come here to Texas.”
Park cited her putting as the key to her win. She is considered the best putter on the LPGA Tour but hadn’t been putting up to her own standards of late
“That’s been something I’ve been struggling last couple weeks, in Hawaii and in San Francisco. I hit the ball great, but I just couldn’t putt. So I tried to give a little bit of a change this week, and this week was totally different putting week for me. I putted really good. Even though I missed a couple of short ones, I holed a lot of long range putts this week, so yeah, I’m really happy with the way I’m rolling the ball.”
Park changed putters this week and obviously got the results she wanted.
“I changed my putter this week,” she said, “and a little bit of tweaks with the degrees of the putters and stuff like that. Just trying to make the ball go a little bit the way I want to go.
“It seems like I found a really good putter. So I’m very happy to finally be really happy with the putter. I mean even though it misses, you know, I know what was wrong with the putt. But sometimes with a couple of weeks, you know, last couple weeks where I didn’t know what was wrong with my putter. And just I was really just struggling.
“So yeah, just happy to find what was the problem and finally solved.”

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Rick Woelfel

Rick spent more than 15 years in broadcasting before going into print journalism; covering a wide variety of sports during his career but derives his greatest satisfaction from writing about golf and golf history.
He first covered the LPGA Tour in 1986 while still in broadcasting, and has been covering golf ever since, at both the amateur and professional levels.
Rick was a staff writer for Philadelphia Golfer from 1996-2003 and served as the associate editor of Philadelphia Golf Magazine and New Jersey State Golf from 2004-2007.
Since 2007 he has edited and published Women’s Golf Report, an e-zine devoted to women’s golf, while also writing for other golf outlets. He is also a correspondent for two Philadelphia-area daily newspapers and a contributor to Referee, a periodical devoted to sports officiating.