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Continued: Secret to Inbee Park's calm: 'Wanting more is wanting too much'

  • Article by: DOUG FERGUSON , AP Golf Writer
  • Last update: July 30, 2013 - 4:05 PM

Since then?

Park looks to be somewhere between unstoppable and unbeatable.

She won the LPGA Championship in a playoff over Catriona Matthew, and then became made it three straight majors by making the toughest test in golf look like a breeze in her U.S. Women's Open victory at Sebonack Golf Club.

In technical terms, she is driving the ball straighter and her putting stroke is among the purest in women's golf. What sets her apart is a calm demeanor and a unique outlook for someone who has no reason to think she can't win every time she tees it up.

The higher the pressure, the lower her expectations. That's the formula she took to the U.S. Women's Open.

"I kept thinking it's OK if I don't win," she said. "I've already won five times, and just wanting more is wanting too much."

As far as the attention, Stacy Lewis feels that's one area where Park deserves more. The star of this show didn't get much of a turnout for her press conference after a pro-am round Tuesday on the Old Course. The room was not even half full.

"I think for what Inbee is doing right now, she's not getting the credit that she deserves for it," Lewis said. "If somebody was doing this on the men's tour, it would be talked about over and over and over again for a month before the major — not just a couple of days before."

Maybe that will help Park, although she is well aware of what's at stake this week.

The attention she received at home in South Korea — her gifts included a gold putter and a red Ferrari that she gets to keep for one year — was nothing like what Se Ri Pak endured after her blockbuster rookie season in 1998. The media crush was so great that Pak was hospitalized briefly for exhaustion.

Park only got stopped at a toll booth. And she still had to pay the fare.

It was rare proof that she's not much different from anyone else.

Or is she?

Park can become the first golfer to win four majors in a single year. The stage is St. Andrews, the most historic golf course on earth.

"You would think after winning two of them it would faze her a little bit," Lewis said. "But obviously at the U.S. Open, it didn't. I don't know. Inbee is playing so good this year, and she's so steady. You wouldn't know whether she's winning a tournament or whether she's losing it, and that's what you need in a major.

"As a player, you'd like to know if she's human, to see if she actually feels the nerves like the rest of us do."

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