Inbee Park left no doubt about who is queen bee in women’s golf as she won a third consecutive Women’s PGA Championship title and reclaimed the world No.1 ranking.
The 26-year-old South Korean tied the record for the lowest score in a women’s major in relation to par when she shot a bogey-free five-under 68 at Westchester Country Club on Sunday to finish at 19-under and win by five shots from countrywoman Sei Young Kim (71).
In doing so she surpassed her idol Se Ri Pak with a sixth major championship.
Park tied Annika Sorenstam (2003-2005) as the only golfers who have claimed the championship in three consecutive years.
It was also her fifth major championship in the 12 played over the last three years.
Australia’s Karrie Webb (72) tied for seventh at nine-under while compatriot Minjee Lee (67) finished with easily her best round to be tied for 13th at six-under.
Park finished the four rounds with 22 birdies against just three bogeys.
“I played great the last three days,” she said. “I couldn’t believe myself. I made no bogeys for three days.”
American Lexi Thompson was third after a 66 to finish at 12-under par.
With current world No.1 Lydia Ko missing the cut, Park needed to finish just 29th or better to retake the top spot she last held in February.
It will be her third stay at the top of the rankings after being No.1 for 59 weeks in 2013.