LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan said the annual awards celebration was by far his favorite time on the year. Inbee Park made it special for everyone there with a speech that explained who she is and what she tried to achieve this year.
Park had six wins and three straight majors with just more than three months left in the season, and she still didn't wrap up the points-based award for LPGA player of the year until the next-to-last tournament. She jokingly said that kept her from having more time to work on her speech.
She delivered one of her best moments of the year.
''Many people say I look effortless. They also say I'm emotionless. Some people started called me the `Silent Assassin,''' Park said. ''However, just because I'm short of feelings doesn't mean I don't feel anything.''
She conceded that the pressure around her amazing run in the majors was almost too much to bear, even though no one around might have imagined that.
''I remember there were days when the thought of...