LPGA.com counts down to the end of 2013 with the LPGA Tour's 13 top stories of the year. Join us as we look back at the year's most memorable milestones. Read about Inbee's historic year in Story No. 1.
If the 2013 LPGA season had a title, it would be the Year of Inbee. The 25-year old from South Korea had one of the most historically incredible seasons on the LPGA Tour and one that included her remarkable run of winning the first three majors of the year. Park cemented herself in Tour history alongside names like Zaharias, Wright and Bradley. She became the first LPGA player in the modern era to win the first three majors in a season at the U.S. Women’s Open in June. Babe Zaharias, the only other player to accomplish the feat, did it in 1950 when she won all three majors played that year – the Titleholders Championship, the Women’s Western Open and the U.S. Women’s Open. Mickey Wright (1961) and Pat Bradley (1986) are the only other players in LPGA history to win three majors in a season, though not consecutively.
“This year has been my dream come true pretty much because it has been the best season I had so far,” said Park. “There are too many things that I achieved this year, three major wins, a total of six wins this year and Player of the Year award. It's been just the best season I've had so far, especially, you know, the Player of the Year award has been my main goal this year and that has been my main goal for my career. I have finally done that.”
Park had three additional victories to give her a six-win total in 2013, helping her secure Rolex Player of the Year honors. She became the first South Korean in LPGA Tour history to earn the distinction.
"As the first Korean, that just feels so great,” said Park. “It's tough to believe that nobody's ever done that before as a Korean and it's always feeling very lucky and it's feeling great to become the first one on anything. I've done a lot of first things; I've done a lot of firsts this year, so it definitely feels very good and this season's going to be so memorable. There's a lot to look at my Christmastime with family and looking forward to the time off.”