Park opens Malaysian defense on confidence high

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 08, 2013
World No.1 Inbee Park will have the Rolex Player of the Year rankings in mind when she opens her LPGA Malaysia title defense at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club on Thursday. The 25-year-old Park recovered from a recent dip in form by finishing third at the Reignwood Classic in Beijing last weekend. Park marked the first half of the season with six wins including three majors. What followed was a frustrating period from July when she found it hard to even record a top-10 finish in the next five tournaments, including two majors - the British Open and The Evian Championship. Now with a confidence-boosting finish at Beijing, the South Korean is eager to continue her return to form in Kuala Lumpur. ''I didn't realize that I won that many (tournaments), I really didn't expect that,'' Park said. ''What I achieved this year is beyond my expectations. It has been an incredible season that I will remember forever. ''Luckily enough I had a good finish last week and that gave me a lot of confidence for the remaining of the season,'' she added. ''One of my goals this season is to win the Player of the Year award. (The season's) not over yet, so I hope to keep going and trying to defend the LPGA Malaysia, which I had good memories here last year is what I have to do to achieve that.'' Winning at Malaysia last year was certainly a stepping stone for Park, propelling her from a world ranking of No. 4 to No. 2 before going on to claim the top ranking the following year. Park replaced American Stacy Lewis as the world No.1 and has sustained the top ranking since April 15. ''Looking back, last year's victory was a real turning point on the road to world No.1,'' Park said. ''It was the first time I'd won two tournaments in one year (including The Evian Masters) and gave me renewed confidence in my game going into 2013.'' Joining Park at the $2-million LPGA Malaysian are Norway's world No. 2 Suzann Pettersen, No. 3 Lewis, 2011 champion Na Yeon Choi, Australian Hall of Famer Karrie Web, China's Feng Shanshan and former top-ranked Yani Tseng of Taiwan. Pettersen and Lewis will be spearheading ''the rest of the world'' attempt to halt the dominance of Asian players in the tournament. No American or European player has won here since the tournament's inception in 2010.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
The Worst - NFL Week 3: Steve Smith, Odell Beckham & of course the Browns
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kevin Garnett offered coaching position with the Cavaliers

Dwight Gooden on Tim Tebow: I would’ve eaten him alive

Josh Gordon entering rehab

NFL announces Randy Gregory suspended another 10 games

Khris Middleton expected to miss six months after surgery

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Cowboys worried about Bryant's 'irresponsible' actions

Seahawks expecting Russell Wilson to play this week

Ryder Cup heckler wins $100 off Euro players by draining putt

Report: ‘Slim’ chance J.J. Watt returns to Texans this season

Senator introduces anti-online gambling bill to Congress

SCOTUS petitioned to block $1B NFL concussion settlement

The Blue Jays and the meaning of a late season freefall

CFB Crash Course: Week 5 - Less one Les

Box Score: 9/30 - Dolphins, Popovich and MLB umps

NBA winners and losers: Gregg Popovich as a voice of reason

WATCH: Will LSU have to sell its soul to find its next head coach?

The clubhouse leaders for MLB Rookies of the Year

Goodbye, Ted: 20 years of highs and lows at Turner Field

Forza Horizon 3 review: Going Top Gear

NFL Kickoff Week 4: Guess what? The NFL is dying again

Box Score: 9/29 - Sparks, Scherzer and Jaso

How the BoSox went from fringe contenders to AL East champs

WNBA semifinals preview: Will the rust show for Lynx, Sparks?

Golf News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The Blue Jays and the meaning of a late season freefall

CFB Crash Course: Week 5 - Less one Les

NBA winners and losers: Gregg Popovich as a voice of reason

WATCH: Will LSU have to sell its soul to find its next head coach?

The clubhouse leaders for MLB Rookies of the Year

Goodbye, Ted: 20 years of highs and lows at Turner Field

Forza Horizon 3 review: Going Top Gear

NFL Kickoff Week 4: Guess what? The NFL is dying again

WNBA semifinals preview: Will the rust show for Lynx, Sparks?

Breaking down baseball’s Cy Young ballot

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker