Park Inbee seeking career Grand Slam at Evian

Park Inbee, the world No.1, aims to end any doubt over her claims on a career Grand Slam by winning the Evian Championship starting on Thursday.

AFP| Updated: Sep 09, 2015, 05:37 AM IST
Park Inbee seeking career Grand Slam at Evian

London: Park Inbee, the world No.1, aims to end any doubt over her claims on a career Grand Slam by winning the Evian Championship starting on Thursday.

Park has won the Evian Masters in 2012 - the year before the tournament changed its name and became the women`s fifth major.

Last month, the South Korean won her first women`s British Open, her seventh major title to set alongside three LPGA Championships, two US Women`s Opens and the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

"Winning all the majors has always been my goal," said the 27-year-old. "I`ve got my name on every major championship trophy but I won Evian before it became a major. So it would be really good to win it again this year."

Park has another remarkable feat in her sights this week. She won three majors in 2013 and victory on Sunday would again be a third major of the season.

In June, she captured a third successive LPGA Championship. "It`s already been a great season and I always love coming to Evian," she continued. "It`s one of the most beautiful venues on the Tour."

But Park won`t have it all her own way. For World No.2 Lydia Ko, it is the final chance to become the youngest winner of a women`s major. Morgan Pressel was 18 years and ten months when she set the record at the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Ko came close to winning the title as a 16-year-old two years when she finished runner-up to Norway`s Suzann Pettersen.

Since then, the teenager has gone on to hold the world No.1 ranking and she has eight LPGA titles to her name.

"I never really think about records, but it is my goal to win one major before my career is done," said the 18-year-old who has already declared that she will retire from the game at the age of 30.

South Korea`s Kim Hyo-Joo defends the title she won as a 19-year-old, having started the Championship with a record 61.

Evian is the final event before the Solheim Cup, and the US and European team members will be hoping for a morale boosting victory before heading for Germany on Monday.

Europe defends the Cup having won for a first time on US soil in Colorado two years ago.

France has six players in the field. The two Solheim Cup players, Karine Icher and Gwladys Nocera, are joined by a trio of French amateurs, Mathilda Cappeliez, Agathe Laisné and Céline Boutier, plus professional Joanna Klatten.