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National Sports

July 18, 2013

Park, top field ready to go low at Marathon

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SYLVANIA, Ohio —

“After I made six birdies in a row, the next hole I made par and the spectators’ faces were like, ‘What’s the problem with her? Why did she have a par?”’ Ryu said with a smile.

Park recognizes that this might not be exactly the track to fit her game. She believes she is at her best on courses where par is a good score, not where fans are disappointed by one.

“I consider myself a very good player in major championships where the challenges come into play,” she said. “Some people like very-low-scoring golf courses and some like tough golf courses.”

She’s in the latter camp. Still, she has improved every year she’s played in Northwestern Ohio going from a missed cut to a tie for 25th, to sixth to a third-place finish last year.

This year’s field includes seven of the top 10 and 17 of the top 25 on the LPGA money list, including Yani Tseng, Na Yeon Choi and Angela Stanford. Also on hand are teenage phenoms Lexi Thompson and amateur Lydia Ko.

The tournament also serves as one of the last chances to pick up precious points before the Solheim Cup teams are announced after the Women’s British Open at St. Andrew’s on Aug. 1-4. The Solheim will be played Aug. 15-18 at Colorado Golf Club.

Many will also be watching St. Andrew’s to see if Park can collect a fourth consecutive major.

Like most events on every tour, this week’s tournament has had several sponsor changes over the years. But Farr’s name was always prominent. After last year, when the 89-year-old actor heard that the oil company from nearby Findlay, Ohio, was interested, he discreetly left the stage.

Stacy Lewis, the No. 2-ranked player in the world and who is sponsored by Marathon, helped close the deal.

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