x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

LPGA golfer Inbee Park cruising in fast lane toward making major history

The worrying thing for her rivals is, at age 24, LPGA star Inbee Park could just be getting started.

Inbee Park concedes what she is capable of scares even herself. Gregory Shamus / Getty Images / AFP
Inbee Park concedes what she is capable of scares even herself. Gregory Shamus / Getty Images / AFP

Inbee Park's dominant US Women's Open victory this week prompted from the South Korean a moment of impromptu candour.

"It's scary to think what I'm capable of doing," she offered, leaving most to muse.

Isn't it just.

With her four-shot triumph, Park became the first woman since Babe Zaharias to capture the season's opening three majors. Zaharias achieved the feat in 1950, not 2013, when the game is at its strongest.

There remain those who continue to disregard the LPGA as a pale imitation of its male sibling, but make no mistake, Park's remarkable run can sit alongside Bobby Jones's 1930s spree, Ben Hogan's titanic treble in 1953 or the "Tiger Slam" of 2000/01.

And the worrying thing for her rivals is, at age 24, Park could just be getting started. Next up is the British Open at St Andrew's, a course that suits Park's ability to plot perfectly her way around a track, not to mention her deadeye putting.

The only rock on the road to a calendar Grand Slam – no one, male or female, has succeeded in capturing four majors in a single season – could be the pressure Park will find herself under when she arrives at the Old Course on August 1.

She admitted to battling butterflies on Sunday, and they will be fluttering even more frantically as she attempts an unprecedented four in a row – or even a fifth at September's Evian Championship. It's a scary proposition.

jmcauley@thenational.ae

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