Thus far in 2013, Inbee Park is a perfect two for two in major championships on the LPGA Tour. In addition to the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Wegmans LPGA Championship, Park has also won three other events, giving her a total of five on the year. She is clearly on the roll of a lifetime heading into this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.
In her last 27 starts, Park has 19 top 10 finishes – seven of which have been victories in addition to six more second place finishes. Right now she has a firm grasp on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, as one might expect with that kind of résumé. “This is the best I’m playing in my career so far,” Park said. “[There's] a lot more pressure on me. I’m trying to enjoy where I am and keep this going as long as I can.”
It’s understandable that she is the clear favorite heading into the third major of the season. It also helps that her game is perfectly tailored for Sebonack Golf Club and major championships, in general. She hits fairways and greens and is the highest ranked putter in the sport. She’s got a lot going for her right now and there aren’t many reasons to bet against Park this week.
Her fellow competitors have certainly taken notice of her impeccable play over the last 12 months and the results she has achieved. “It’s frustrating for the rest of us, that’s for sure,” said Stacy Lewis, who just so happens to be ranked second in the world. Echoing that statement was So Yeon Ryu, who said “I think everybody’s scared of Inbee.”
It’s clear that Park and her competitors are well aware of the level at which she has been playing as of late. Will she able to put together another four quality rounds and go three for three at major championships this year?