South Korean golfer takes British Open

One more major, and that'll be a four-Pak

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2001

SUNNINGDALE, England -- Se Ri Pak charged past Karrie Webb on Sunday in the Women's British Open for her third major title.

''There was nothing to lose and I was trying to go for it,'' the 23-year-old South Korean star said. ''It was the last day and the last chance for me. I just played and played. I thought that if I finished the last three holes perfect I'd be in good shape.''

She did, closing with a par and two birdies for a 6-under-par 66 and a two-stroke victory over compatriot Mi Hyun Kim.

Pak also moved into position to top Webb as the youngest female player to complete the career Grand Slam.

Winner of the LPGA Championship and U.S. Open as a rookie in 1998, Pak will have three chances to make more history. If she wins the Nabisco Championship in any of the next three years, she'll break Webb's record as the youngest -- at 26 years, 6 months -- to win all four majors.

The Australian, who flopped in Sunday's final round to slide 10 places from fifth, set the mark by winning the U.S. Open and LPGA Championship this summer.

Pak, who began the round four strokes behind Scotland's Catriona Matthew, eagled the first hole and added birdies on Nos. 10 and 12 en route to an 11-under 277 total.

Pak earned $221,650 for her fourth victory of the year to pass Annika Sorenstam and Webb for the top spot on the money list with $1,248,575.

''I can't guarantee it but, hopefully, every year four or five tournaments is enough to win, I guess,'' Pak said. ''I feel like my game is getting much stronger.

''In the first two years I played pretty well, but didn't have time to think about anything else. In 2000, I didn't play well and didn't improve. It got me a lot of stress, getting mad, upset because I'd had a great two years before.

''This has been a perfect time to learn more about my game, mentally and physically, to give me more time to grow up a lot better than in the first two years. So, after that, 2001 is just starting to be really great.''

The International

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Tom Pernice Jr. won his second career PGA Tour title, steadying himself after back-to-back bogeys on the back nine to win The International.

Pernice, the second- and third-round leader, added just a point to his total in the final round, finishing with 34 points for a 1-point victory.

Chris Riley birdied three holes on the back nine to finish at 33, under the modified Stableford scoring system that awards players with 5 points for eagle, 2 points for birdie, 0 for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse.

Long Island Classic

JERICHO, N.Y. -- Bobby Wadkins became the 10th player to win in his Senior PGA Tour debut, closing with a birdie for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory in the Long Island Classic.

Wadkins, who turned 50 on July 26, is very familiar with the last player to accomplish the feat, brother Lanny in 2000.

Omaha Classic

OMAHA, Neb. -- Heath Slocum earned an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour, winning the Omaha Classic for his third Tour victory of the season.

Slocum closed with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Australia's Rod Pampling. Slocum had a 22-under 266 total, and earned $94,500 to push his tour-leading total to $337,090.

Scandinavian Masters

LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Despite finishing with two bogeys, Scotland's Colin Montgomerie shot a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory in the Scandinavian Masters.

Montgomerie's third victory in the event earned him a spot on Europe's Ryder Cup team that will face the United States at the Belfry in England on Sept. 28-30.

The Scot had a 14-under 274 total. England's Lee Westwood, the 2000 winner, and countryman Ian Poulter shot 72s to tie for second.

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