Malaysian LPGA: Park Aiming To End Mini-Drought
Park In-Bee is looking to end a string of disappointing performances and get back to her best when she defends her title at this week’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
The 25-year-old Korean was in blistering form earlier this year, winning six titles in 13 events, including three majors – a run which placed her on the verge of attaining a historic grand slam.
Park In-Bee has not won an event since sweeping the opposition aside at the US Open in June. She’s now looking towards successfully defending a title for the first time in her career.
Speaking at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, she said: "I didn't expect to win that much this year. I've gone beyond my expectations. The things I've done are incredible.
"This season has been very special, and up and down. I had a good finish last week which gives me a lot of confidence."
Pressure on Park had been turned all the way up as she was thrust into the spotlight while trying to become the first player to win all four majors in a single year. Unfortunately she tied for an underwhelming 67th at the Evian Championship last month; scratching her chances of achieving that goal.
An impressive recovery in form meant that Park claimed third place at last week’s Reignwood Classic in Beijing, the first of five back-to-back tournaments in Asia. She also leads the season’s prize-money list with $2,306,328 and also tops the player of the year rankings with 290 points, 86 ahead of Norway's Suzann Pettersen.
Park added: "My main goal for the year was to win the player of the year award, and it is not over yet.
"I have never successfully defended a title before, and that is another aim I have for this week's Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia."