LPGA This Week: 2013 LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship, The One Time Return Of Grace Park

Grace Park

This week the LPGA Tour makes its stop in Incheon, South Korea for the 2013 LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship. There are a lot of storylines this week. Will Suzann Pettersen defend her title? Will Lexi Thompson make it back to back wins? Will one of the local KLPGA players rise up and surprise everybody like Jee Young Lee and Jin Joo Hong did in past years? However, for me the one storyline I will watch above all others is the return of Grace Park. Last year, Grace Park retired from professional golf at the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship. It was a sad announcement for all of her fans.

She’s coming back for one tournament only, so that she can say goodbye on the course to all of her Korean fans. Grace won this event in 2004 when it was called the CJ Nine Bridges Classic. Grace Park is the reason I am as huge a fan of the LPGA as I am today. Although she has left the game, I must thank her for giving me that gift. I wrote a tribute to her last year following her retirement announcement. You can check out my tribute to Grace Park here: GRACE PARK ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT; MY TRIBUTE TO A CHAMPION

Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course

Incheon, South Korea

Par: 72

Yardage: 6,364

Defending Champion: Suzann Pettersen

TV TIMES

Oct 18 – GC 11:00 AM-2:00 PM ET

Oct 19 – GC 11:00 AM-2:00 PM ET

Oct 20 – GC 11:00 AM-2:00 PM ET

HERE ARE A FEW PICTURES FROM VARIOUS PRE-TOURNAMENT PHOTO OPS

GRACE PARK

with Se Ri Pak and Cristie Kerr; holding a picture of Grace in Poppie’s Pond following her 2004 Kraft Nabisco Championship victory

Grace and Se Ri, the two ladies most responsible for me being an LPGA fan

VICKY HURST

CRISTIE KERR

MICHELLE WIE

IN KYUNG KIM

NA YEON CHOI

SO YEON RYU

AMY YANG and CHELLA CHOI

AZAHARA MUNOZ

EUN HEE JI

HEE YOUNG PARK

JIYAI SHIN

LEXI THOMPSON

NATALIE GULBIS

SANDRA GAL

SUZANN PETTERSEN

YANI TSENG

PORNANONG PHATLUM

INBEE PARK

GROUP PHOTOS

Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi and Hee Young Park

Hee Young Park, In Kyung Kim, Vicky Hurst, So Yeon Ryu and Cristie Kerr

Paula Creamer and So Yeon Ryu

Suzann Pettersen, Inbee Park and Cristie Kerr

Na Yeon Choi, Paula Creamer, So Yeon Ryu, Suzann Pettersen, Inbee Park and Cristie Kerr

Paula Creamer, Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, So Yeon Ryu, Cristie Kerr and Na Yeon Choi

Suzann Pettersen and Inbee Park

Na Yeon Choi and Paula Creamer

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