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All hail Park In-bee

Dreams do come true and the impossible can be achieved. Park In-bee achieved a career Grand Slam by claiming the winning title on Sunday at the 2015 Women’s British Open held in Turnberry, Scotland. The 27-year-old became the seventh woman golfer - the first from Asia - to win four different majors in her career.

She has been praised around the world not only because she has achieved so much, so fast and so young - seven major titles with six coming from her last 14 major competitions - but also because her wins were the fruits of extraordinary willpower and effort. Park, who debuted on the U.S. LPGA tour in 2007, had been mired in a three-year slump after her first U.S Open win in 2008. But she didn’t give up. She roared back through practice, patience and perseverance.

She clenched the British Open trophy after three attempts. The latest game also had not been easy. Her chronic lower back pain came back and her shots wavered. She had to fight against a wave of depression when her 5-iron only went 100 yards against the rain and wind. But she repeated her mantra: “I must not give in.” Her will prevailed. Although she started at fifth, she carded seven birdies and an eagle in an amazing performance in the final round. Victory can only be achieved after combating numerous setbacks and hurdles. Without extraordinary concentration and persistence, she couldn’t have achieved such a run and rank.

Her family was her rock. They had been by her side through the ups and downs. She proudly said her family made her what she is today. Asian golfers have turned individualistic golf into a family sport.

Park said it was important not to give in, whether it’s golf or life. Her story of a spectacular rise from fall could be uplifting to many people who are in the dumps and up against hard times at the moment. We hope the 27-year-old will keep up her winning spirit and go on with the record-breaking trail. JoongAng Ilbo, Aug. 4, Page 30

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