Editor's note: Today we continue our Monday series spotlighting a golfer who has qualified to play in the U.S. Women's Open, which is next week at Saucon Valley Country Club.
SE RI PAK
Home: South Korea
Career LPGA victories: 24
Best U.S. Women's Open finish: Won in 1998
About Pak: Became South Korea's first member of LPGA Hall of Fame in 2007. Â Was youngest Hall inductee at age 30. Â Reached Hall points requirement in 2004 and 10-year career mark in 2007. Â Has won four majors, including two in rookie year of 1998. Â Was youngest Women's Open winner in 1998 when she defeated Jenny Chuasiriporn in a 20-hole playoff.
How is 2009 going? I have felt really great for the last couple months. There have been some ups and down, sometimes an unlucky bounce here and there, but it makes me work harder. I feel great about it.
What do you know about Saucon Valley? Not a lot, but I'm looking forward to seeing it. [Pak visited the day after finishing the LPGA Championship in Maryland].
What does it take to win the Women's Open? The U.S. Open is always set up really hard. The greens are fast, and there's long rough and firm, tight fairways. So at the U.S. Open, you're trying not to make a big number. Even is a pretty good score. You're not really trying to go for the green or playing aggressively.
Who are the favorites? The players with a lot of experience or those who have great confidence in their game. But experience is most important.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun