Inbee Park Wins 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

Inbee Park (click to enlarge)

Great champions rise to the challenge. 2013 was a record year for Inbee Park, a year that saw her win the first 3 Majors of the season, matching Babe Zaharias’ 1950 feat, capture 6 overall titles and claim the world #1 ranking. But after her triumph at the 2013 US Women’s Open she didn’t win again. Meanwhile, Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen almost chased Queen Bee down for Player of the Year honors. They fell just short of catching Park. Lewis would continue her brilliant play in 2014, culminating in titles at the North Texas LPGA Shootout and the Shoprite LPGA Classic. At the latter event, a mere week ago, Stacy finally wrested Inbee’s grip from the #1 ranking, ending the South Korean star’s 59 week reign at the top. It was just what the doctor ordered for Park.

Inbee Park (click to enlarge)

“I think I needed a little bit of motivation. I just didn’t have any win after the U.S. Open. I was playing good but not great. So yeah, I think last week was a very good motivation and inspiration for me. So this week, I thought I needed to step it up a little bit.” – Inbee Park

A motivated Inbee Park is beautiful to behold. She built her 6-win 3-Major 2013 season on her stellar putting. That bulls-eye stroke was back as the former world #1 shot a 4th round course record 10-under 61 (par is 71 here), to win the 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic with an overall 23-under total, 3 shots clear of Cristie Kerr. It was a sensational end to a spectacular tournament. How locked in was Inbee? After bogeying the 4th hole in the first round, she finished the event with 68 holes that saw her drop 24 birdies and zero bogeys. Although this is her first LPGA win in just short of a year, it couldn’t come at a better time. Inbee started her winning ways on tour with her title at the 2008 US Women’s Open. Her 2013 season reached its historical zenith at the 2013 US Women’s Open. Hmmmm…what’s the next event on the LPGA schedule? I betcha Inbee knows. 🙂

 

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1 INBEE PARK (-23)

2 CRISTIE KERR (-20)

3 SHANSHAN FENG (-18)

T4 LYDIA KO (-16)

T4 BELEN MOZO (-16)

T6 MICHELLE WIE (-15)

T6 STACY LEWIS (-16)

T8 CHELLA CHOI (-14)

T8 SUZANN PETTERSEN (-14)

T10 HEE YOUNG PARK (-13)

with Thidapa Suwannapura and her caddie

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Total Strokes Purse
1 Inbee Park 69 66 65 61 -10 -23 261 $225,000
2 Cristie Kerr 67 69 65 63 -8 -20 264 $136,903
3 Shanshan Feng 66 65 67 68 -3 -18 266 $99,314
T4 Belen Mozo 68 67 68 65 -6 -16 268 $69,332
T4 Lydia Ko 71 67 64 66 -5 -16 268 $69,332
T6 Stacy Lewis 69 69 68 63 -8 -15 269 $46,471
T6 Michelle Wie 65 67 68 69 -2 -15 269 $46,471
T8 Chella Choi 70 69 67 64 -7 -14 270 $35,229
T8 Suzann Pettersen 70 67 67 66 -5 -14 270 $35,229
T10 Caroline Masson 69 67 70 65 -6 -13 271 $27,320
T10 So Yeon Ryu 68 67 70 66 -5 -13 271 $27,320
T10 Hee Young Park 65 66 72 68 -3 -13 271 $27,320
T10 Anna Nordqvist 69 64 69 69 -2 -13 271 $27,320
14 Na Yeon Choi 68 67 68 69 -2 -12 272 $23,086
T15 Catriona Matthew 71 67 70 65 -6 -11 273 $19,638
T15 Line Vedel 69 70 69 65 -6 -11 273 $19,638
T15 Mirim Lee 69 73 65 66 -5 -11 273 $19,638
T15 Meena Lee 70 67 68 68 -3 -11 273 $19,638
T15 Angela Stanford 71 67 67 68 -3 -11 273 $19,638
T20 Austin Ernst 69 69 70 66 -5 -10 274 $16,340
T20 Julieta Granada 72 69 67 66 -5 -10 274 $16,340
T20 Marina Alex 68 68 71 67 -4 -10 274 $16,340
T20 Candie Kung 70 68 65 71 E -10 274 $16,340
T24 Jaye Marie Green 70 68 70 67 -4 -9 275 $12,320
T24 Paz Echeverria 68 71 68 68 -3 -9 275 $12,320
T24 Jennifer Johnson 70 68 69 68 -3 -9 275 $12,320
T24 M.J. Hur 73 68 66 68 -3 -9 275 $12,320
T24 Joanna Klatten 70 70 70 65 -6 -9 275 $12,320
T24 Louise Friberg 72 69 70 64 -7 -9 275 $12,320
T24 Danielle Kang 71 68 67 69 -2 -9 275 $12,320
T24 Jennifer Rosales 69 72 65 69 -2 -9 275 $12,320
T24 Jee Young Lee 68 68 69 70 -1 -9 275 $12,320
T24 Thidapa Suwannapura 72 66 67 70 -1 -9 275 $12,320
T24 Karine Icher 69 71 72 63 -8 -9 275 $12,320
T35 Sue Kim 71 70 67 68 -3 -8 276 $9,032
T35 Alejandra Llaneza 68 71 70 67 -4 -8 276 $9,032
T35 Anya Alvarez 71 66 70 69 -2 -8 276 $9,032
T35 Gerina Piller 73 70 69 64 -7 -8 276 $9,032
T39 Christel Boeljon 75 68 66 68 -3 -7 277 $7,345
T39 Jane Park 70 68 71 68 -3 -7 277 $7,345
T39 Kris Tamulis 69 73 66 69 -2 -7 277 $7,345
T39 Tiffany Joh 72 68 67 70 -1 -7 277 $7,345
T39 Xiyu Lin 67 67 71 72 +1 -7 277 $7,345
T39 Katie Burnett 73 69 70 65 -6 -7 277 $7,345
T45 Laura Davies 71 71 67 69 -2 -6 278 $5,921
T45 Haru Nomura 68 70 71 69 -2 -6 278 $5,921
T45 Morgan Pressel 71 68 69 70 -1 -6 278 $5,921
T45 Brooke Henderson 70 71 69 68 -3 -6 278
T45 Alena Sharp 73 69 65 71 E -6 278 $5,921
T45 Giulia Molinaro 71 70 70 67 -4 -6 278 $5,921
T51 Katie Futcher 72 66 70 71 E -5 279 $5,022
T51 Megan McChrystal 70 71 66 72 +1 -5 279 $5,022
T51 Jacqui Concolino 68 68 74 69 -2 -5 279 $5,022
T51 P.K. Kongkraphan 72 67 76 64 -7 -5 279 $5,022
T55 Mi Hyang Lee 70 71 68 71 E -4 280 $4,422
T55 Ilhee Lee 69 73 68 70 -1 -4 280 $4,422
T55 Kristy McPherson 68 68 73 71 E -4 280 $4,422
T55 Jennifer Kirby 71 70 69 70 -1 -4 280 $4,422
T59 Jeong Jang 70 72 68 71 E -3 281 $3,663
T59 Sydnee Michaels 70 71 66 74 +3 -3 281 $3,663
T59 Dewi Claire Schreefel 69 71 70 71 E -3 281 $3,663
T59 Pernilla Lindberg 78 64 69 70 -1 -3 281 $3,663
T59 Moira Dunn 68 71 72 70 -1 -3 281 $3,663
T59 Ji Young Oh 72 68 71 70 -1 -3 281 $3,663
T59 Brittany Lang 72 71 69 69 -2 -3 281 $3,663
T59 Maria Hernandez 72 71 69 69 -2 -3 281 $3,663
T67 I.K. Kim 69 73 68 72 +1 -2 282 $3,223
T67 Brooke Pancake 70 69 71 72 +1 -2 282 $3,223
T67 Ayako Uehara 69 72 71 70 -1 -2 282 $3,223
70 Felicity Johnson 74 69 71 69 -2 -1 283 $3,073
T71 Sarah Kemp 68 70 70 76 +5 E 284 $2,923
T71 Reilley Rankin 71 70 69 74 +3 E 284 $2,923
T71 Cydney Clanton 71 70 70 73 +2 E 284 $2,923
T71 Paula Reto 72 71 69 72 +1 E 284 $2,923
T71 Jackie Stoelting 70 73 71 70 -1 E 284 $2,923
76 Erica Popson 71 71 74 69 -2 +1 285 $2,814
77 Nicole Vandermade 75 68 71 72 +1 +2 286 $2,778
78 Becky Morgan 71 72 72 72 +1 +3 287 $2,743
79 Sarah Jane Smith 69 74 68 77 +6 +4 288 $2,708
WD Mindy Kim WD WD WD WD WD WD WD
T80 Julia Boland 75 69 MC MC 144
T80 Dori Carter 71 73 MC MC 144
T80 Sandra Changkija 72 72 MC MC 144
T80 Victoria Elizabeth 72 72 MC MC 144
T80 Katy Harris 70 74 MC MC 144
T80 Pat Hurst 74 70 MC MC 144
T80 Haeji Kang 74 70 MC MC 144
T80 Maude-Aimee Leblanc 74 70 MC MC 144
T80 Amelia Lewis 75 69 MC MC 144
T80 Jane Rah 71 73 MC MC 144
T80 Karin Sjodin 73 71 MC MC 144
T80 Jaclyn Sweeney 73 71 MC MC 144
T92 Amy Anderson 74 71 MC MC 145
T92 Silvia Cavalleri 73 72 MC MC 145
T92 Laura Diaz 76 69 MC MC 145
T92 Vicky Hurst 69 76 MC MC 145
T92 Hannah Jun Medlock 70 75 MC MC 145
T92 Hanna Kang 73 72 MC MC 145
T92 Jimin Kang 71 74 MC MC 145
T92 Mo Martin 72 73 MC MC 145
T92 Jenny Suh 73 72 MC MC 145
T92 Wendy Ward 70 75 MC MC 145
T102 Megan Grehan 72 74 MC MC 146
T102 Daniela Holmqvist 70 76 MC MC 146
T102 Stacey Keating 74 72 MC MC 146
T102 Seon Hwa Lee 70 76 MC MC 146
T102 Lisa McCloskey 71 75 MC MC 146
T102 Ai Miyazato 74 72 MC MC 146
T102 Erica Rivard 73 73 MC MC 146
T102 Lindsey Wright 73 73 MC MC 146
T110 Brianna Do 74 73 MC MC 147
T110 Kathleen Ekey 74 73 MC MC 147
T110 Christina Kim 73 74 MC MC 147
113 Caroline Westrup 74 74 MC MC 148
T114 Perrine Delacour 77 72 MC MC 149
T114 Veronica Felibert 80 69 MC MC 149
T114 Sandra Gal 75 74 MC MC 149
T114 Kayla Mortellaro 78 71 MC MC 149
T114 Jennifer Song 75 74 MC MC 149
T119 Nicole Jeray 73 77 MC MC 150
T119 Lorie Kane 73 77 MC MC 150
T119 Paola Moreno 77 73 MC MC 150
T122 Moriya Jutanugarn 76 75 MC MC 151
T122 Cindy LaCrosse 77 74 MC MC 151
T122 Natalie Sheary 78 73 MC MC 151
T125 Maria McBride 77 75 MC MC 152
T125 Ryann O’Toole 72 80 MC MC 152
T127 Jamie Hullett 77 76 MC MC 153
T127 Emma Jandel 81 72 MC MC 153
T127 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 75 78 MC MC 153
T127 Kim Williams 78 75 MC MC 153
131 Ashli Bunch 79 76 MC MC 155
132 Giulia Sergas 78 WD WD WD 78
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2 thoughts on “Inbee Park Wins 2014 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

    • It ok. I think as a competitor, one should want to beat the opposition when that opposition is playing well. I’d love to see the battle for #1 being waged by a handful of players.

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