South Korean golfer Park Sung-hyun will defend her US Open title at Shoal Creek Golf Club next month where she will be bidding to become the first player since 2001 to win the tournament in back-to-back years.
Park’s success last year was her first in the Major Championships. She was able to finish two shots clear of the field at Trump National following late birdies on the 15th and 17th holes on the final day. The big hitter won the LPGA’s Rookie of the Year Award later in 2017 and also shared the Player of the Year honours with Ryu So-yeon.
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The 10-time LGPA Korea Tour winner has now prevailed twice on the LGPA Tour as she won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open last August. In the opening Major of 2018, she finished in a tie for ninth in the ANA Inspiration. Her record in the US Open suggests it is her favourite of the five leading tournaments in women’s golf as she has finished no worse than third in two appearances.
There are four par-five holes on the course at Shoal Creek Golf Club which Park should appreciate and will look to score from. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1977 and has held the US PGA Championship in men’s golf twice.
Inbee Park Bidding for Eighth Major Title
Inbee Park is the 11/4 favourite in the latest golf odds to top the LPGA Money List and she will be hoping to take a big step towards being the leading player in 2018 with victory in the US Open. Park is looking to win her eighth Major Championship next month and her third US Open crown.
Park’s last Major win was in the 2015 British Open where she beat the field by three strokes at Turnberry in Scotland. The South Korean will go into the US Open in good form as she recently won her 19th LGPA tournament in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. A round of 63 on day three really helped her surge clear of the field and she eventually won by five shots in Phoenix, Arizona.
Pernilla Lindberg Seeking Her Second Major In 2018
Swedish golfer Pernilla Lindberg won the biggest prize of her career earlier this year when she claimed the ANA Inspiration, her only victory as a professional to date. The 31-year-old defeated Park and Jennifer Song in a play-off. Lindberg found a birdie at the eighth extra hole which was enough for her to seal the trophy.
Lindberg will be buoyed by her recent success and will be hoping she can land more Major Championship glory now. She has only played in the US Open on four occasions so far in her career with her best finish coming in 2015 where she ended the weekend in a tie for fifth place.
Only two Swedish women in history have won the US Open, therefore, Lindberg will be aiming to become the third behind Liselotte Neumann and Annika Sorenstam.
This year’s US Open takes place from May 31- June 3 in what will be the 73rd edition of the tournament in women’s golf.