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Park Ji-Eun`s Decisive Hole

Posted March. 29, 2004 22:58,   


"Yes, Yes, Yes!”

As soon as the nine-meter eagle putt sank into the cup, Song A-ree (18·Bean Pole Golf) pumped out 3 times with her fist clenched as if she had already captured the title.

At that moment, the face of Park Ji-eun (25· Nike Golf) stiffened. She exchanged hi-fives with the fans and showed strong confidence of winning right before coming up the green for the 18th hole. She pulled away with a two-stroke lead, but now they were even with 10 under par. If she missed it would be playoff time.

But Park Ji-Eun was patient. She checked the line for a second and third time and checked the situation carefully. After Park successfully made a 1.8-meter birdy putt, she slowly raised her two arms and enjoyed her first major championship.

Next came the winning ceremony. Abiding to Nabisco tradition, Park Ji-Eun and her caddie jumped into the pond with a splash. Park was deeply moved as she commented, “I’ve always dreamed of this moment."

The day of final round was a breath taking spectacular match until the last moment.

Park Ji-Eun, who went a stroke under with a bogie on the 3rd hole in the opening, recorded four consecutive birdies from holes nine to12 as she earned the nickname "Birdie Queen" and notched a score of 11 under par and passed the second group of Song A-ree and Karrie Webb (Australia) who scored nine under par with a two shot lead.

Park Ji-Eun`s second shot from the rough on the 15th hole (par four) hit a tree and fell back as she struggled and finally placed the ball on the green on her fourth shot and finished with a putt which turned out to be a winning factor as she prevented a double bogie.

On the other hand, Song A-ree felt a little down when her par putt on the 16th hole fell one or two centimeters short and when she missed a birdie putt on the 17th hole. But she was satisfied, saying, "I am not really disappointed because I couldn`t do better than this."

Golf prodigy Michelle Wie (Korean name: Wi Sung-Mi·15) finished in fourth place with a seven under par 281 and achieved her goal of finishing in the top five. Kim Mi-Hyun (KTF) got publicity with a top 10 finish.

On the other hand, the dreams of Pak Se-Ri (CJ·tied 16th place), who aimed to be the youngest grand slammer in LGPA history, and Annika Sorenstam, whose bid to win four Grand Slam titles in a single year, vanished. Meanwhile on the very same day on the LPGA second tour, Korean players Kang Jee-min (CJ) captured the title and Lee Sun-Hwa (CJ) became the runner up with eight under par 208 and seven under par 209 scores, respectively, to make to the day of the 29th the “Korean Feast.”

Sang-Soo Kim ssoo@donga.com