U.S. Women's Open: No Surprise Inbee Park Near the Lead

By Carl Conrad
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It should come as a surprise to no one that Inbee Park is hanging around the top of the leaderboard at the U.S. Women’s Open. She has already won the first two major championships of the year and has put herself into position to contend once again. Park fired a five under par 67 and is one shot back of Ha-Neul Kim as the golfers head into the second round. “I do have a lot of confidence in myself at the moment,” Park said. “The way I’m playing, the way things have been going, the way I’ve been getting the luck, I think I am in the zone. I’ve been playing my best in my career at the moment. I really just want to enjoy the moment.”

The second ranked woman in the world, Stacy Lewis is five shot back of Kim after carding a score of one under par on Thursday. Michelle Wie’s struggles have continued, as well, as she shot a 10 over par 80 in the first round. That disappointing showing included a quadruple bogey on her opening hole of the day. It’s awfully difficult to rebound from something like that.

It’s amazing to me that Park has managed to remain so calm and cool as she attempts to tie Babe Zaharias’ record of winning three consecutive majors. If she is able to accomplish that feat, Park will then turn her attention to trying to become the first woman to complete a grand slam in a single season. She has a lot of work to do before that happens, however.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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