On May 3 to 6 at The Colony, Texas, USA
Sung Hyun Park captured her third career victory at Old American Golf Club.
‘The expectations for Sung Hyun Park coming into the 2018 season were gigantic. She was coming off a rookie season that saw her win the U.S. Women’s Open and claim co-Player of the Year honors.
Prior to the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic, she struggled to match the success from a year ago. She had just one top 10 finish and missed two cuts, which wore on her.
“Since I did so well last year, I felt a lot more pressure this year,” admitted Park in the media center after winning at Old American Golf Club. “After this win, I feel like I can finish out the season with a lot less pressure.”
The 24-year-old took the week off prior to Texas to practice her short game. There has been a lot of chatter this year about Park’s struggles with her short game. Last year, she ranked 40th in putting average. This year, she’s down to 99th.
She switched her putter and her stance last week.
“I’m usually a player that practices my driver shots, but last week I worked on my chipping and my short game a lot,” said Park.“Today (Sunday) felt a lot like the U.S. Women’s Open. I worked a lot with my mom. She helped me by going to the course and she knows my game pretty well.”
Park had just 24 putts in her first round and 28 in her final round. It helps that she had two difference-making chip-ins from off the green.
The Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic was shortened to 36 holes due to storms on Thursday and Friday that caused long delays. The weekend weather was marvelous and large crowds turned out to watch at the first year venue. ‘
Nearly there, Moriya Jutanugarn topped in semi-final but missed, while her sister finished quietly in the top 10.
‘Despite a double bogey on her 10th hole and a bogey on the last, she turned in a 5-under, 66 and finished the first round just one shot off the lead. She had about an hour turnaround and will start her final round at 4:25 p.m. local time. She is unlikely to finish 36 holes on Saturday.
“I hit a lot of good shots out there even with the double on one, but I’m just trying to stay patient,” said Jutanugarn, who is now No. 11 in the Rolex world rankings. “It’s working out pretty good.”
The HUGEL-JTBC LA Open champion made four birdies on her front nine and four birdies over the final six holes on the back.
“After winning, I felt great and I’m just trying to keep playing my game. I’m just going to keep working on what I need to improve. After a good round, I’m excited to keep the momentum going.”,
Ariya Jutanugarn, who carded a final round 66 to finish T4.
“My game plan was just to be aggressive in the final round,” said Jutanugarn, who now has seven top 10 finishes in 11 starts this year. “I feel really good, I’m improving a lot in my short game.”
Jutanugarn was excited for the off week coming up. She has played in every tournament this year.