Golf: Slump made me stronger, says world number one Park

Golf: Slump made me stronger, says world number one Park
Park In-Bee of South Korea tees off at the 3rd hole during the first round of the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship golf event at the Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, west of Seoul.

SEOUL - World number one Park In-bee believes a prolonged slump after her breakout year in 2008 has made her a stronger golfer.

The South Korean, who married her swing coach earlier this year, also told Reuters that 2014 had been the most consistent season of her career, even though she won just one major.

Park was on a tear in 2013, winning three majors in a row and claiming six titles on the leading LPGA Tour.

"Of course, I had a great year last year, so this season's three wins may seem a little less compared to that, but I am very happy with myself this year," she told Reuters.

"The biggest accomplishment for me was that I consistently made it to the top 10 more than previous years and showed a more consistent performance."

Park was a top 10 finisher in 17 of the 22 LPGA tournaments she entered in 2014, six more that the previous year, a consistency that has brought her near the US$10 million (S$13 million) mark in earnings on the tour.

Park burst on the scene in 2008 when at 19 she became the youngest player to win the US Women's Open, but she failed to build on that success.

Her next win on the US tour took four more years to arrive though she found some success on the Japanese tour.

"I think everyone goes through that," she said of her slump.

"But I also think that I've been able to sustain this good run because I survived the difficult times. "I rose, then fell to the very bottom, but got back on top again and I think that has made me stronger."

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