Inbee Park looking to return to top spot

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Inbee Park is hoping to repeat last year's triumph when she competes in the Wegmans Championship in New York this week.

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Good recent form

Park has won three events, including the US Womens Open, since victory at the Locust Hill Country Club 12 month ago and is seeking a return the the top of the world rankings.

That position is currently held by American Stacy Lewis but Park is on the rise and will be looking to boost her chances of returning there.

Her recent good form includes winning the Manulife Financial Classic, a fourth placed finish in the Ricoh Women's British Open and a play-off defeat to Mirim Lee during last week's Meijer LPGA Classic. 

This form has seen her rise to third place in the standings but victory this week could see her move above New Zealand's Lydia Ko into second place.

Park takes aim

However, Park is aiming for the top spot and is hoping she can achieve a couple more tournament wins to reach her goal.

"Probably for the last month or so I have been playing really well," she told reporters ahead of the tournament.

"I played really good last week at the Meijer Classic as well although I got a bit unlucky there. I feel my game is a little better now and hopefully a couple of good wins will get me back to No 1 again."

The 26-year old, who won three LPGA Major Championships last year, has 17 professional wins in her career and 10 titles on the LPGA Tour.

Park needed three extra holes to defeat Scotland's Catriona Matthew during last year's event. Matthew has been suffering from a bout of illness recently but is confident that she can find the form she showed during last week's Meijer LPGA Classic which saw her finish in a tie for 29th.

"Yeah, I feel good coming into this," she said. "I played really pretty well in this last year. I was ill at the British so I had a bad week there but then played well last week so I feel like hopefully coming into some form."

The challengers

Major winners Lexi Thompson and Mo Martin will look to challenge Park as they do battle in New York. Thompson won the Kraft Nabisco Championship while Martin is the British Open champions but US Open winner Michelle Wie faces a few months away from golf with a finger injury.

Although Park is attempting to overtake her in the rankings, Ko has different ideas. The 17-year old has already won twice on the LPGA Tour this season and is hoping to secure her first major title this week.

Ko won the Swinging Skirts Classic in April as well as the Marathon Classic in July which saw her rise a position behind Lewis in the world rankings.

Although she has had a successful year, Ko admits she relishes the major championships and is desperate to win her first one.

"It's been a really great experience playing these different types of majors and I was fortunate enough to play this last year and really had fun out there," she said.

‘’Every major is different in its own way, and it's always exciting because we all prepare for the majors. But to me I didn't perform that well so I'm going to try to think of it as just another tournament, and hopefully I'll hit some good shots and roll in some good putts."

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