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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 157
Humble, appreciative and now a Career Grand Slam winner, Park said this winning feeling eclipsed all others. “This is the greatest day of my life for sure,” she said. “It feels great to finally hold the British Open trophy. I gave it a few cracks and it's just been so hard. This is the birthplace of golf. Scotland is where golf started and this feels like real golf. “This is definitely the golfer's most wanted trophy. I set only one goal this year, one and only, and that's winning the British Open. Achieving it feels great.” Teen phenom Lydia Ko did little wrong in the final round. Her score of 71 under the most immense pressure is a bright pointer to major success in the not too distant future. But when Park made four consecutive birdie putts between the seventh and 10th holes and then slotted a 20-foot putt for eagle at the 14th, Ko – and everyone else – was a mere bystander. The result was all but sealed when Park stuck her approach at 16 to within three feet. It was a far cry from the golf she’d endured earlier in the week, when weather made the course almost unplayable. "There were at least 10 times during the week when I wanted to give up,” Park said. "When the rain was pouring down, when the wind was blowing, when my 5-iron only went 100 yards, I just felt so bad. I wanted to give in, but you can't give in." Park said it was a change of mindset that led to her latest triumph. “I said to myself: I can't really push to achieve the Career Grand Slam. I was really close and couldn't wrap it up. I had to get myself out of Grand Slam thinking, and playing without expectations really helped this week.” Turnberry might not be a men’s major venue for much longer if its owner Donald Trump continues to make controversial race-related remarks a fixture of his presidential campaign, but in the meantime it was nothing short of an absolute privilege to watch a diminutive South Korean named Inbee Park tear it apart. It won’t be the last time we see her do that to a track – or a quality field. OTG “I SET ONLY ONE GOAL THIS YEAR, ONE AND ONLY, AND THAT'S WINNING THE BRITISH OPEN. ACHIEVING IT FEELS GREAT.”
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