Se Ri Pak

Se Ri Pak proved an inspiration for the flood of young players from Asia who are now making their mark on women's golf, having secured 24 LPGA Tour wins, including five majors. When she arrived on the LPGA Tour she was one of only two South Korean players.


Now there are more than 40, many hoping to emulate her achievements - not least becoming the youngest winner of the US Women's Open in 1998 at the age of 20.







The South Korean, who is now in the Golf Hall of Fame, owes her strong mentality to her training under her father Pak Joon Chul, a former baseball player, in her formative years. She would wake up every morning at 5.30am to run up and down the 15 flights of stairs in her apartment back home in Daejeon.

In 2006, Pak won her 23rd career tournament and fifth career LPGA major after a one-hole, sudden-death playoff with Karrie Webb at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola; she also recorded seven additional top-10 finishes and received the Heather Farr Player Award.

In 2007, Se Ri Pak officially qualified for the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame on June 7 after completing the first round of the McDonald’s LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, giving her 10 years of membership on the LPGA Tour; she was the 24th member and first South Korean to be inducted; recorded her 24th LPGA career victory at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, becoming the third player in LPGA Tour history (Annika Sorenstam and Mickey Wright) to win the same event five times; recorded seven additional top-10 finishes; crossed the $9 million mark in career earnings with a tie for 10th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

In 2009, best finish was runner-up at the LPGA State Farm Classic, where she carded a season-low 66 in the first and final rounds; also carded 66 in the second round of the LPGA Corning Classic and the final round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger; tied for seventh at the Hana Bank KOLON Championship 2009.

In 2010, Se Ri Pak won her 25th LPGA title at the Bell Micro LPGA Classic after winning a three way play-off against Brittany Lincicome and Suzann Pettersen. She made a birdie on the third playoff hole to secure the win. Her other top 10 finishes of the year came when she tied for fifth at the Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV and tied for eighth at the CN Canadian Women's Open.

Five top 10 finishes saw Pack finish 2012 ranked 26th in the world. Her best result was 4th place at the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship.


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