June 30, 2013 / 10:49 PM / 6 years ago

Park wins third consecutive major with Women's Open title

nbee Park of South Korea holds the 2013 Harton S. Semple Trophy after winning the 2013 U.S. Women's Open golf championship at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York June 30, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunge

(Reuters) - South Korean Park Inbee became only the second LPGA player to win the first three majors in a season when she roared to a four-stroke victory at the U.S. Womens Open on Sunday.

The world number one held steady with a final-round two-over-par 74 to finish at eight-under 280 at Sebonack Golf Club in New York.

She earlier this year won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the LPGA Championship.

Only Mildred (Babe) Didrikson Zaharias has previously won the first three womens majors in a season. She did it in 1950, winning the Titleholders Championship, the Women’s Western Open and the U.S. Women’s Open.

Fellow South Korean I.K. Kim matched Parks 74 and took second at four-under 284 but was never able to really challenge Park.

Ryu So-Yeon was third at one-under 287 with Americans Paula Creamer and Angela Stanford and England’s Jodi Ewart-Shadoff tied for fourth at one-over 289.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, Editing by Gene Cherry

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