There is no arguing with a 65 on the last day to win a major championship, especially when the name on the card is Inbee Park.
Victory at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry on 2 August was her seventh major crown, completing the set of major championships.
The world No 1 could thread a needle from 20 paces. She gives nothing away behind her inscrutable demeanour, which gives her unerring putting stroke an even more lethal aura.
“Somebody tell me a word to describe this,” she said. “This is something I have been dreaming of all my life, something I really wanted. To finally reach my goal is such a relief.
“I’m just so happy with everything. I didn’t feel that confident coming here this week so to overcome a lot of things and to win here is just phenomenal,” she added.
The win gives Park an incredible six wins in the last 14 majors, including the LPGA Championship in June. She started the day three shots behind 20-year-old fellow Korean Ko Jin-young, whose challenge fell away on the back nine as Park’s name grew ever larger on the leaderboard.
“Seeing my name on the leaderboard, that gives me a lot of confidence in the majors,” Park said, “That is a big key to my success. The golfing gods were on my side today.”
England’s Mel Reid’s dream of victory did not materialise on the final day, a trio of dropped shots around the turn pegging her to a round of level par for a four-under finish.
There was still plenty to commend her week here, however. “It was awesome. Nice to see where my game is, and that things are going well. I played with Lydia [Ko] today, Inbee Park and Lexi [Thompson] this week so it was nice to contend in a major.”
Reid finished in ninth alongside 22-year-old Amy Boulden from Wales, who shot a 71 for her highest finish in a major.
Teenager Charley Hull was back in the red numbers with a round of 69 that would have been even more impressive but for a bogey at the last. Hull finished on four over par and content to see her game returning to an upward trajectory.
“I played good today. It was a shame to end with a bogey. I played solid all week. Feeling happy and fresh with my game now,” she said.
The world No 2 Lydia Ko also posted a closing 69 to take a share of third, the 18-year-old’s highest finish at the British Open. “This is one of the toughest majors. I’m super proud of my finish. I don’t know if or when I’m going to have a major win. There is a lot of interest because of my record. I just have to try my best,” she said.
British Open: Final Leaderboard
(US unless stated; par 70)
276 I Park (S Kor) 69 73 69 65
279 J y Ko (S Kor) 68 71 69 71
280 S Y Ryu (S Kor) 67 72 73 68,
L Ko (NZ) 66 73 72 69
281 S Pettersen (Nor) 68 69 72 72
282 T Lu (Tai) 68 71 69 74
283 M Miyazato (Japan) 68 72 70
73, A Nordqvist (Swe) 69 72 73 69
284 M Reid (Eng) 73 70 69 72,
A Boulden (Wal) 71 74 68 71,
M Lee (Aus) 69 72 70 73
286 M Mcbride (Swe) 79 66 69 72Reuse content