Golf: Inbee Park made history with her victory in the U.S Women's Open
Last Updated: 01/07/13 12:52am
Inbee Park: Has now won three majors in a row
Inbee Park cruised to a four-shot success in the U.S Women's Open, her third consecutive major victory of an incredible year.
The South Korean superstar has become the first LPGA player to ever win the first three majors of a year in which at least four tournaments were given that elite status.
And she joins US sporting legend Babe Zaharias as the only women to win the first three majors in a season, Zaharias having accomplished the feat in 1950.
Conditions were testing once again at the Sebonack Golf Club in New York and Park, who began the day four shots clear of her fellow South Korean I.K. Kim, dropped shots at six and seven.
However, she pulled clear again with birdies at nine and 10, and could easily afford to drop shots at 14 and 15 en route to her sixth win of the year.
The World No 1 eventually carded a 74 to finish on eight-under-par and claim a second U.S Open title, having become the event's youngest ever champion at age 19 in 2008.
Kim also shot a 74 to claim her second runner-up finish at a major and So Yeon Ryu was the only other player to beat par at the tournament, a final round of 72 meaning she finished at one-under, three behind Kim.
Shadoff tied for fourth
There was a tie for fourth at one-over involving Americans Paula Creamer (72) and Angela Stanford (74), and England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff, who finished with a 76.
Park said: "I'm very honoured to put my name next to someone like Babe Zaharias.
"I didn't feel that much of the pressure when I was on the golf course. I was very nervous yesterday, but on the golf course I felt somehow very calm."
She will go for a fourth consecutive major at the Women's British Open at St. Andrews in August.