Double victory for Park in Singapore as she wins family bet

Sun Mar 8, 2015 5:39am EDT
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By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - South Korea's Park In-bee picked up a healthy win-double in one of the world's biggest gambling cities on Sunday after a father-daughter wager helped her focus to success at the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.

Before the tournament, the five-times major winner bemoaned the toughness of the notoriously tricky Serapong Course on Sentosa Island, home to one of the citystate's two casinos, so much that her father said he would pay her $500 for every birdie she made.

In return, he wanted $1,000 for each bogey.

Unfortunately for the dad, his daughter went bogey free over four days to complete a wire-to-wire success at the $1.4 million restricted-field LPGA Tour event thanks to 15 pricey birdies.

"I took the bet thinking maybe even if I make bogey, he's not going to take my money. I think it ended up really nicely," a grinning Park told reporters after the 13th title of her career.

"It gave me extra motivation I guess. It's so fun and something other to motivate and something else to concentrate on.

"I don't think I can even believe myself that I didn't make any bogeys for 72 holes. I mean, if I thought about bogeys, when am I going to make bogey, if I was afraid of the bogeys, I'd probably make bogeys."

Park said she didn't think her father would be paying up the $7,500 prize on Sunday.   Continued...

Park In-bee of South Korea hits off the sixth tee during the first round of the LPGA Canadian Women's Open golf tournament in Coquitlam, British Columbia August 23, 2012.   REUTERS/Andy Clark