Grace Park to retire from LPGA
Pittsford, NY (Sports Network) - Following her second round at the LPGA Championship, Grace Park announced she is retiring from the tour after the tournament ends.
The 33-year-old Korean was a six-time winner on the tour. She won her only major at the 2004 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
"I went through some surgeries and after all those, I thought I could still do it, but I still believe I have some game left in me, but honestly it's not turning around. I'm ready to try new things. I'm ready for a new phase in my life," Park said in an interview with the Golf Channel.
Park's biggest win at the Kraft Nabisco was a barn-burner. She birdied the 72nd hole to beat Aree Song by a single stroke. Park went 11-under over the final three rounds after opening with an even-par 72.
She has battled through some injuries in recent years, having played just 12 times in 2009-10 combined. She played in 16 events last year, making the cut in eight tournaments.
Park missed the cut in her first five starts this year and lost in the first round of the Sybase Match Play. Last week in New Jersey, she finished in a tie for 71st at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Park has broken par just twice in 15 rounds this year.
When asked if it was difficult to deal with the injuries or whether she was going out on her own terms, Park said, "It is extremely difficult, but it's my own fault for not taking care of my body. I struggled with back pain since I was a junior golfer, but never really dealt with it until I had to go through two surgeries and three years off on tour.
"It was hard, it was very hard, but I made it. I played every event last year and so far this year, and I'm proud in that sense that I recovered from my injuries and I was able to get back out here healthy. I thought I was ready to play."
06/08 15:30:52 ET