New Jersey, July 16: Korea’s Sung Hyun Park paid tribute to her mother following her maiden LPGA title in the US Women’s Open, the season’s third Major.
“First of all, my mother’s name is Keum Ja Lee. It’s not like my mother always shows up whenever I win any tournament … but this time she stood right in front of me and she said, I am so proud of you Sung Hyun. At the moment it really dawned onto me, I guess I really won the championship,” said the LPGA rookie during the winner’s press conference at Trump National Bedminster.
“My mother travels with me and it’s pretty tough on her so I am so thankful for the sacrifices that she makes. The moment that I hugged her, all the time that we spent together sort of flew through my head. It was pretty emotional and I thanked her deeply and I told her that I will play harder,” added the 23-year-old Korean, who carded a pair of 67s over the weekend to win the title by two shots from amateur Hye Jin Choi.
Park became the second golfer this year to claim her first LPGA title in a Major, following Danielle Kang who won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship just two weeks ago. Nicknamed ‘Dak Gong’ (which means ‘shut up and attach’ in Korean) for her aggressive play, Park is now in the running to win both the LPGA Rookie of The Year and Player of The Year awards.
“Well, that nickname, I guess kind of came from my fan last year. Like a lot of number of Korean female golfers, I guess I am more aggressive in my play. So fans gave me that nickname that I just focus on attack and aggressive. That’s how probably it came,” Park explained.