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July 31, 2013

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

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland —

Since then?

Park looks to be somewhere between unstoppable and unbeatable.

She won the LPGA Championship in a playoff over Catriona Matthew, and then became made it three straight majors by making the toughest test in golf look like a breeze in her U.S. Women’s Open victory at Sebonack Golf Club.

In technical terms, she is driving the ball straighter and her putting stroke is among the purest in women’s golf. What sets her apart is a calm demeanor and a unique outlook for someone who has no reason to think she can’t win every time she tees it up.

The higher the pressure, the lower her expectations. That’s the formula she took to the U.S. Women’s Open.

“I kept thinking it’s OK if I don’t win,” she said. “I’ve already won five times, and just wanting more is wanting too much.”

As far as the attention, Stacy Lewis feels that’s one area where Park deserves more. The star of this show didn’t get much of a turnout for her press conference after a pro-am round Tuesday on the Old Course. The room was not even half full.

“I think for what Inbee is doing right now, she’s not getting the credit that she deserves for it,” Lewis said. “If somebody was doing this on the men’s tour, it would be talked about over and over and over again for a month before the major — not just a couple of days before.”

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