15th June 2015 | Sunshine Ladies Tour
Park wins Women’s PGA Champs
Former world number one Inbee Park tied Annika Sorenstamâ€™s record (2003-05) when she lifted the KPMG Womenâ€™s PGA Championship title at Westchester Country Club for the third-consecutive time on Sunday.
Park also tied Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Nancy Lopez and Kathy Whitworth as three-time winners of this event trailing only Mickey Wright who has four KPMG Womenâ€™s PGA Championship victories.
Park carded rounds of 71, 68, 66 and 68 at the West Course to seal a three stroke victory over fellow Korean Sei Young Kim on 19-under-par 273.
South Africa’s Lee-Anne Paceâ€‹ tied for 62nd on four over 296 with rounds of 73, 72, 81 and 70.
Compatriots Paula Reto and Ashleigh Simonâ€‹ both missed the cut, set at 148.
Reto registered rounds of 71 and 78, while Simon posted rounds of 77 and 79.
INBEE PARK – Fast Facts
Born: Seoul, South Korea
Lives: Las Vegas, Nevada
Birthdate: July 12, 1988 â€“ currently 26 years, 9 months, and 6 days
Qualified for LPGA Tour with a third place finish on the Symetra Tour’s season-ending money list in 2006
Turned Professional: April, 2006
â€¢ LPGA: 15th career victory, 6th career Major Championship
â€¢ Previous Wins: 2008 U.S. Womenâ€™s Open, 2012 Evian Masters, 2012 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, 2013 Honda LPGA Thailand, 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship, 2013 North Texas LPGA Shootout, 2013 Wegmans LPGA Championship, 2013 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, 2013 U.S. Womenâ€™s Open, 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, 2014 Wegmans LPGA Championship, 2014 Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, 2015 HSBC Womenâ€™s Champions, 2015 Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout
â€¢ CAREER: With the $525,000 first-place check, Park passes Paula Creamer to move to 8th on the LPGA Career Money List with $11,373,484
â€¢ SEASON: Park has earned $1,422,500 this season and is projected to move from 2nd to 1st on the 2015 LPGA Official Money List
â€¢ Wins her sixth career Major, tying Pat Bradley, Kathy Whitworth, Amy Alcott and Betsy King for ninth on the LPGAâ€™s all-time list
â€¢ With this victory, Park surpasses Se Ri Pak (5) and Yani Tseng (5) for the most Major victories by an Asian born player
â€¢ Has won five of the past 12 Majors
RACE TO CME GLOBE
â€¢ Earns 625 points toward the Race to the CME Globe standings and is projected to move from 2nd to 1st in the rankings with 2,671 points
â€¢ With her victory, Park is projected to retake the top spot in the Rolex Rankings
â€¢ This is the third time that Park will hold the No. 1 ranking
â€¢ Previously, Park has held the ranking for 73 weeks
â€¢ Becomes the first player to take over the No. 1 ranking with a win since Stacy Lewis at the 2014 ShopRite LPGA Classic
ROLEX PLAYER OF THE YEAR
â€¢ Earns 60 points in the Rolex Player of the Year race and moves into first with 154 total points
2015 IN A NUTSHELL
â€¢ 13 events played, 13 cuts made, $1,422,500, 3 victories, 8 top-10s
PHOTO – Inbee Park; credit Scott Halleran/Getty Images for KPMG / LPGA.com