Park becomes Hall of Fame eligible, shoots 72 in Women's PGA
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 10, 2016 01:55 PM
Inbee Park, center left, of South Korea, is embraced after finishing the first round at the Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Sahalee Country Club on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Sammamish, Wash. With the completed round, Park becomes eligible for the LPGA Hall of Fame. Photos of Park's face were distributed to some players to greet her when she completed the round. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer
SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) — Inbee Park became eligible for the LPGA Hall of Fame on Thursday, completing the final requirement of 10 years on the tour in the first round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
The 27-year-old South Korean player is the youngest women to reach eligibility for the Hall of Fame, accomplishing the feat with the first round of her 10th event of the season. She has won seven major titles — including the last three Women's PGAs — and has 17 LPGA Tour victories.
Dealing with inflammation in the tendon and ligaments of her left thumb, Park closed with a bogey for a 1-over 72. She celebrated with family, Hall of Famers, fellow player and tour officials as she walked off the green.
Park trailed first-round leader Brooke Henderson by five shots. Playing early Thursday, the 18-year-old Henderson made a hole-in-one on her fourth hole and birdied the final two holes for a 4-under 67.