Lydia Ko was no longer invested in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship’s outcome after her streak of 53 LPGA starts without a missed cut was snapped. Considering how precisely eventual champion Inbee Park was playing, Ko was unsure her presence would have been a factor, contending or not.
"She hits the ball pretty consistent every single time, but when her putter gets hot too she is kind of unstoppable,” said Ko, of New Zealand, who relinquished the world No. 1 ranking to Park that week. “She showed that at KPMG where she didn’t make a bogey for  holes. To do that at any tournament is very impressive, but to do it at a major is pretty awesome.”
In winning last month’s major in Harrison, N.Y., Park played with breathtaking efficiency over the final three rounds to not only win her sixth major – surpassing Se Ri Pak for most majors by a player from the Republic of Korea – but tie the record for lowest score in a women’s major in relation to par (19 under). Her winning margin was five strokes.
The 26-year-old Park also put this week’s U.S. Women’s Open field at Lancaster Country Club on watch as she attempts to win her sixth major of the last 13 contested. The only blip on the radar for Park is her first missed cut of the season two weeks ago at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
"I had a bad week, and that definitely made me practice harder and gave me a lot more motivation coming into this week,” said Park, who still shot a 1-under-par 141 over two days in Arkansas. "So hopefully that's going to work nicely playing this week."
More specifically, Park had a bad putting week, which "definitely gave me a wake-up call,” she said. That aspect of Park’s game has been a trending concern throughout this three-win 2015 season.