SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. —
St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, seems only appropriate as the spot for where Park could make history, Sorenstam said.
Park will just have to keep not thinking about that on the course.
“If I knew what I was doing,” Park said, “I think I wouldn’t be able to stand.”
Beecher said she’ll glance at leaderboards but excels at not worrying about what other players are doing. The rest of the field, though, will have a hard time not noticing if Park quickly pulls in front again.
“You don’t even know if she has a pulse out there half the time,” said Paula Creamer, who tied for fourth at Sebonack. “Doesn’t matter if it’s a good shot or a bad shot, I think I’ve seen her actually smile maybe 10 times.”
The only player to win the year’s first three majors had been Babe Zaharias in 1950 — and there were only three then.
“After Annika retired I didn’t think anybody would ever do it,” said Angela Stanford, another of the players who tied for fourth, nine strokes behind Park.