PAJU, South Korea - Park Sung-hyun, once atop the women's golf rankings, ended her season on an uplifting note, shooting a six-under 66 in the final round of the BMW Ladies Championship.
According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, Park's performance on Sunday was her best in a tournament since October 2021 and the strongest she's shot in relation to par since August 2019.
The final round took place at Seowon Hills at Seowon Valley Country Club, located northwest of Seoul. Park's score in the tournament positioned her in a tie for 13th place at nine-under 279, even as other contenders were still on the course.
Park indicated that this tournament marks the end of her 2023 season. Once holding the No. 1 rank during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Park has now fallen to 274th in the world and is not eligible for additional LPGA events this year.
In a post-round interview, Park described her feelings as "bittersweet," expressing regret that she wouldn't compete again until next season. "I've gained so much confidence here, and I am bummed out that I won't get to play again the rest of the season," she said.
Park's past performance includes a standout rookie season in 2017 when she captured the U.S. Women's Open and became the first player since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to win both the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year titles in the same season. She won three more titles in 2018 and two more in 2019 before a shoulder injury in 2020 disrupted her career trajectory.
Looking ahead, Park voiced optimism about her future prospects. "If I can play the way I did the last two days here, I absolutely believe I can win next year," she said. Park emphasized that she has been practicing rigorously with the aim of returning to the winner's circle and believes her efforts are beginning to yield results.