The Norman Transcript

National Sports

July 31, 2013

With history in sight, top-ranked Park keeps her cool

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland —

The debate is whether to call it a Grand Slam if Park were to win. The LPGA Tour added a fifth major this year, the Evian Championship in France. The modern version of a Grand Slam is about four majors. The original version of the Grand Slam — from bridge — is about winning them all.

It’s a nice problem to have, and it really doesn’t need any definition except to note that it has never been done.

“If it could happen, it’s something that I will never forget,” Park said. “My name will be in the history of golf forever, even after I die.”

What’s amazing is how quickly Park reached this point.

Turn back the calendar two months, and Park already was satisfied with her season. She won the first LPGA Tour major of the year at Kraft Nabisco Championship, which helped her to regain her spot at No. 1 in the world ranking.

But the dominant player of her sport?

She sure didn’t look that way, especially if anyone happened to be watching a stretch of holes at the Bahamas Classic. On a 145-yard hole, her tee shot was 10 yards short and 20 yards wide of the green. On the next hole, a longer par 3 over a pond and into the breeze, Park fanned a 4-iron so badly that it landed in the middle of the lake. Her next tee shot splashed down closer to the bank — still some 30 yards short of the pin — and she eventually made a 9.

She missed the cut. She didn’t break par in any round of her next tournament and finished middle of the pack.

“I was really struggling with the swing that week,” Park said. “I was trying different things on the golf course. After that, I found the right swing.”

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