Golf: Park first to win first 3 majors of year since 1950

2013-07-01T00:00:00Z Golf: Park first to win first 3 majors of year since 1950The Associated Press The Associated Press
July 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Inbee Park set many golfing goals. Etching her name alongside Babe Zaharias was never one of them.

Yet now they're the only two players to win the first three majors of the year. Park became the first to accomplish the feat in the modern era Sunday with her second U.S. Women's Open title.

"Trying to put my name next to hers means just so much," Park said. "I would think I would never get there; it's somewhere that I've never dreamed of. But all of a sudden, I'm there."

The world's top-ranked player finished at 8 under to win by four strokes. Her 2-over 74 in the final round was more than enough, with Sebonack's trying conditions keeping any rivals from making a run.

Zaharias won the year's first three majors in 1950 - back when there were only three. Now there are five, so Grand Slam might not quite be the right term if Park wins all of them.

Ahead by four strokes at the start of the round, Park birdied the ninth and 10th holes to extend her lead. She has won six times already this year, including three straight tournaments. Park added to another historic U.S. Women's Open victory in 2008, when she became the event's youngest champion at age 19.

PGA Tour

BETHESDA, Md. - Bill Haas won the AT&T National and joined some distinguished company.

Haas pulled away from a crowd of contenders with three straight birdies, two key pars and one good hop out of the rough. It led to a 5-under 66 on a muggy day at Congressional and a three-shot win over Roberto Castro.

As many as six players had a share of the lead at some point until Haas rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 8.

Haas, 31, won for the fifth time in his career. He has won at least one PGA Tour event in each of the last four years, joining Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose.

Champions Tour

PITTSBURGH - Kenny Perry won the Senior Players Championship for his first major title, overtaking Fred Couples with a final round 6-under 64.

Perry finished at 19-under 261 at Fox Chapel, two shots ahead of Couples and Duffy Waldorf. The 52-year-old Perry opened with a 71 and shot consecutive 63s in the next two rounds.

Couples closed with a 68, and Waldorf shot 64.

European Tour

MAYNOOTH, Ireland - England's Paul Casey made a 50-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to win the Irish Open by three strokes for his 12th European Tour title.

Casey closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at 14-under 274 at Carton House. England's Robert Rock and Dutchman Joost Luiten tied for second. Rock shot 71, and Luiten had a 74.

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