Park gunning for LPGA triple and world number one

Tue Jun 9, 2015 5:14pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

RYE, New York (Reuters) - Park In-bee of South Korea has won the last two LPGA Championship titles and is gunning for a rare triple in the new incarnation of the women's major, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club.

"The PGA of America and the LPGA collaborating on this tournament together and making a great tournament is something different and something unique," Park told reporters on Tuesday.

"Everything is really new and everything is very fresh and very exciting. So I'm really excited to see what this tournament is going to end up being. I'm sure it's going to be a great one, and hopefully I'll be the one holding the trophy."

Only Sweden's Annika Sorenstam has registered three wins in a row in the 60-year history of the event, achieving the feat with her victory in 2005.

It is the first women's championship staged by the PGA of America, which organizes the PGA Championship men's major, the Senior PGA and the Ryder Cup among its competitions.

For the LPGA, the partnership increased the prize money to $3.5 million at a high-profile venue in the New York metropolitan area, and has infused excitement among the 156 players contesting the second major of the season.

The hilly Westchester layout with its sloping greens was a fixture on the PGA Tour for some 40 years.

"You can't hope to be on a better golf course than this," said two-times major winner Cristie Kerr. "It is such a scenic, beautiful, tough-as-nails golf course."   Continued...