| Grace Park|
| 6 March 1979 (age 36)
Seoul, South Korea (1979-03-06) |
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Arizona State University
Ewha Womans University
Futures Tour (joined 1999)
LPGA Tour (joined 2000)
Arizona State University, Ewha Womans University
Best Female Golfer ESPY Award
Pak Se‑ri, Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen
Grace Park (golfer) Wikipedia
Grace Park (born 6 March 1979) is a retired South Korean professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. She was a member of the LPGA Tour from 2000 until her retirement in 2012 and won six LPGA Tour events, including one major championship, during her career.
Park was born Park Ji-eun (Korean: 박지은) in Seoul, South Korea. She moved to Hawaii at the age of 12, and then to Arizona. She received the 1996 Dial Award as top female high-school scholar-athlete in the United States. She attended Arizona State University and graduated from Ewha Womans University in 2003.
Park had an outstanding amateur career in the United States being Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 1994 and 1996, winning several amateur championships in 1998 including the U.S. Women's Amateur and the Women's Western Amateur. She tied for eighth as an amateur in the 1999 U.S. Women's Open.
Park turned professional in 1999 and decided to play on the Futures Tour instead of taking exemptions to LPGA Tour tournaments. She won five of the ten tournaments she entered and became one of the first three golfers to gain automatic LPGA Tour exempt status by finishing top of the money list. She was named Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year.
She won at least one LPGA tournament in each season from 2000 to 2004, including her only major, the 2004 Kraft Nabisco Championship. The years 2005 and 2006 were difficult for Park as she suffered from back and neck injuries, and success continued to elude her the following two seasons as well. In April 2009 it was reported that Park had undergone a successful hip surgery, and that she would be off the LPGA tour for several months.
In June 2012, Park announced her retirement from golf.
The Boston Globe has described Park as "the striking beauty, the tall and proud walk, the dazzling smile" and she has attracted sponsorship from Nike and Rolex.
LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)1999 (5) Betty Puskar FUTURES Golf Classic, YWCA Briarwood FUTURES Open, SmartSpikes FUTURES Classic, Carolina National FUTURES Classic, Greater Lima FUTURES Open
2004 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Juli Inkster and Cristie Kerr)
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.Starts – 46
Wins – 1
2nd-place finishes – 1
3rd-place finishes – 2
Top 3 finishes – 4
Top 5 finishes – 5
Top 10 finishes – 11
Top 25 finishes – 15
Missed cuts – 15
Most consecutive cuts made – 11
Longest streak of top-10s – 5
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
WD = withdrew
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
AmateurEspirito Santo Trophy (representing South Korea): 1998
ProfessionalLexus Cup (representing Asia team): 2005, 2006 (winners)