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Inbee Park: No Surprise She’s Near the Top of Another Leaderboard

Inbee Park Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As if taking home victories at the first three major championships of the season wasn’t enough, Inbee Park is in the mix for her fourth straight win at this week’s Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. The most shocking thing might just be the fact that she isn’t already in the lead. Park is currently two shots behind first round co-leaders Catriona Matthew and Angela Stanford.

At this point, it seems like a two shot deficit is something that the 24 year old from South Korea could erase in her sleep. Park is having an historic season and is without a doubt the hottest professional golfer in game right now – on any tour. All she does is win tournaments. Should she win this event, Park would tie the LPGA Tour record for most consecutive victories.

“I’m really satisfied with the way I played today,” she said. I think that comment pretty much sums up Park. Most people would have been ecstatic to shoot six under par in the first round of a tournament. Park, on the other hand is simply satisfied with her performance. If she keeps this up, before long she will be able to exert a level of intimidation over the rest of the competition that we haven’t seen since Tiger Woods was in his prime. Heck, she might have already exceeded that level.

Another couple of wins this year will put Park in a completely different stratosphere from the rest of the tour. Right now, she is simply hovering above them waiting for her opportunity to seize control – which seems to be something that she can do at will right now.

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