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Grace Park pulls a surprise; retires in the middle of LPGA Championship in New York

 

In a surprise and shocking move, South Korean Grace Park, winner of the 2004 Kraft Nabisco major championship and winner of the Vare Trophy in the sane year for the lowest-scoring average on the tour,  announced her retirement from golf on Friday after the second round of the LPGA Championship.

Grace Park at St. Andrews in 2007 (photo by Musforce via wikipedia commons)

The 33-year-old Park made the announcement after her second consecutive round of three-over 75 at the Locust Hill Country Club in the year’s second women’s major tournament.

Park has not won an event in eight years and said dealing with injuries over and over had been a great frustration for her. She admitted that she did not give herself a chance to win and be a better golfer. “It’s my own fault for not taking care of my body.”

She has struggled with back pain since her days as a junior golfer.

The South Korean native, who now calls Scottsdale, Arizona home, went through two back surgeries and took three years off the tour to recuperate.

Park, who moved to the United States at the age of 12, went to Arizona State University and became the College Player of the Year, says it’s time to get ready for the next phase of her life. She is planning to get married.

 

Info compiled from LPGA Tour, Radio & TV news

 

Back from injury rehab, Pak leads LPGA event in New York; Park retires on Friday

Se Ri Pak (courtesy of LPGA Tour)

Se Ri Pak, the 34-year-old LPGA golf star from South Korea, had a nice return to the tour yesterday.

Playing for the first time since injuring her left shoulder in early April of this year, Pak shot a 1-under 71 to become the front-runner after the second round of the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York.

The shocker of the tournament on Friday was the retirement of Grace Park. The 33-year-old had some success on the LPGA Tour with six wins and a majors win, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2004.

Pak is at a 3-under-par 141, one shot ahead of Inbee Park (70), Paula Creamer (72), Mika Miyazato (72) and Sandra Gal (71).

 

Info compiled from LPGA Tour, Radio & TV news

Park, Kim lead Mobile tournament

 

Grace Park at 2007 Women's British Open (photo by MudForce via wikipedia commons)

The first round of the Avnet LPGA Classic is in the books and it’s tight at the top of the leaderboard in Mobile, Alabama.

Grace Park and Song-Hee Kim both shot 5-under-par 67′s in windy conditions to share the lead after Thursday’s opening round.

Stacy Lewis, the Kraft Nabisco winner three weeks ago, is a stroke backat 68 along with Karen Stupples.

 

compiled from LPGA news & Avnet Classic website

Kraft Nabisco Championship has a new leader in Karen Stupples

compiled from staff and LPGA reports

Karen Stupples started Saturday’s round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, one shot behind Song-Hee Kim. Her caddie, Jerry Woodard gave her stern pep talk about being nervous and settled her down.

That pep talk really did wonders because Stupples came thru with a 4-under par 68 at  Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California to take a one-stroke lead into Easter Sunday’s final round, with six past majors winners snipping at her heels within seven shots.

Karen Stupples (lpga)

The 36-year-old Stupples, who is a star in England, won the 2004 Women’s British Open, had a 10-under 206 total in the season’s first major tournament.

On Easter Sunday, she’ll need to play well again to stay ahead of the field of capable majors winners including Kristie Kerr, Lorena Ochoa, Grace Park, Suzann Pettersen, Yani Tseng and Karrie Webb.

Pettersen, the first-round leader who likely has played her way out of contention with a 73 on Friday, and Tseng shot 67′s to reach 9 under par.

Number 1 Lorena Ochoa, who won the Kraft Nabisco two years ago, rebounded from a slow start with birdies on three of her last seven holes for a 71 to tie second-round leader Kim at 7 under.

Webb fired a 72, Kerr a 74 and Park a 69 also were in the top nine. Webb is alone at 5-under par, Kerr is tied with Brittany Lang at 69 and 4 under and Park is tied with five others including Michelle Wie, at 3 under.

Pettersen won the 2007 LPGA Championship. She has two top-10 finishes in three starts this year but also has been slowed by a hip injury. She has three straight to-five finishes in the tournament.