Pak recovers her golf gamePak Se-ri broke out of a long slump to shoot a six-under-par 278 and tie Karen Stupples for second place at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, on Sunday.
Meg Mallon claimed victory in dramatic fashion at the LPGA tour event, nailing a three-meter (10 foot) birdie putt on the 18th hole to break a three-way tie with Stupples and Pak.
Pak had been in a two-month long slump since winning the Michelob ULTRA Open in May. She finished a disappointing 68th at the Evian Masters in July, and 21st at the Weetabix Women’s British Open last week.
The second-place finish at the Jamie Farr Classic was her first top-10 result in the past nine LPGA tournaments she has participated in. It’s a tournament Pak has won four times in her career.
Pak was four strokes back heading into the fourth round on Sunday and knew she needed a big game to pull within striking distance of winning.
“I had a lot of pressure going into Sunday because five shots (to overcome) is a lot,” Pak said in an interview. “I was trying to make a bunch of birdies today because I did not have many birdies.”
Pak was pleased with the result, telling reporters, “I think my game is back.”
She birdied the sixth hole to produce a three-way tie for first place, and narrowly missed another four-meter birdie putt on the 17th. Pak was tied for fifth at three-under-par after the third round, but said her hopes were buoyed by the fact she once shot 10-under-par at the same golf course.
Jang Jeong finished at three-under-par and a three-way tie for sixth place. Jeon Seol-an was tied at 13th with one-under-par. Kim Young finished the tournament at one-over-par, tied for 22nd. Song A-ree finished in 30th place at two-over-par.
The tournament winner collected $165,000 in prize money. Pak took home $86,873 for her efforts.
Annika Sorenstam tops the overall money list for the year, followed by Mallon. Grace Park occupies the fourth position, Kim Mi-hyun is seventh and Pak is in eighth.
by Limb Jae-un, Chung Jeh-won
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