Inbee Park snatches 2015 Women’s British Open – and a career grand slam

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SOUTH KOREA’S Inbee Park came from behind to seal her seventh major victory while Australia’s Minjee Lee had her first major top ten at the Women’s British Open on the weekend.

Park began the final round at the Turnberry Resort in Scotland alongside Lee three strokes behind overnight leaders Ko Jin-young of South Korea and Teresa Lu of Taiwan.

The 27 year old eagled 14 and then birdied 16 to share the tournament lead for the first time.

She closed with a 7-under 65 to win by three strokes to also record a Career Grand Slam, recognised in the LPGA as having won four different majors.

“It feels great, this is something I have been dreaming of all my life,” said Park, who finished on 12 under par.

“I finally reached my goal. It’s just a relief. I’m so happy with everything,” added Park, whose seven birdie and one eagle round equalled the lowest of the tournament.

“I didn’t feel that confident before this week, but to overcome a lot of things to win this championship is phenomenal.”

Park joined a list of seven female grand slammers that includes Australia’s Karrie Webb (who missed the cut here) along with Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam, Louise Suggs and Mickey Wright.

Fellow South Korean Ko (71) was second, with compatriot So Yeon Ryu (68) and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (69) tied for third on eight under par.

Minjee Lee played alongside Park in the final round and would have learnt a lot about closing out a big event.

The Perth 19 year old had a promising start but couldn’t keep the momentum going on the back nine and finished with a 1-over 73.

That was good enough for a T9 finish and her best major result in eight attempts.

Victorians Stacey Keating (78) and Su Oh (74) had their moments but finished 10 over and 12 over respectively.

2015 Women’s British Open Final Results
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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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