Pak's win will put her in LPGA Hall of Fame

Monday, May 10, 2004

Se Ri Pak won for her father on Father's Day five years ago. Now she's won for her mother on Mother's Day.

And she played it perfectly, staying mostly off the radar for three rounds and then shooting a 6-under-par 65 Sunday to surge to victory in the Michelob Ultra Open and earn a spot in the LPGA Hall of Fame.

With her mother watching from the gallery, Pak moved into contention early and finished with a 9-under 275, passing five players en route to her 22nd career victory and the final point she needed to qualify for the hall.

"My biggest goal was ... the Hall of Fame," the 26-year-old South Korean said.

In just her seventh season on tour, Pak still needs to play three more years on the tour to qualify for the Hall of Fame, which requires inductees to play at least 10 years. But with four major championships worth two points each, 18 other titles worth one a piece and a scoring title worth another point, she's already earned the 27 points necessary.

And with the $330,000 winner's check from the tour's third-richest event of the season, Pak has now earned nearly $8 million in her career.

Four shots off the pace at the start of the day, Pak birdied three of her first five holes and responded to a bogey at the par-4 sixth with three more birdies in the next five holes to take the lead.

Champions TourAUSTIN, Texas -- Larry Nelson rallied from three strokes off the lead, shooting a 5-under-par 67 for a one-stroke victory at the FedEx Kinko's Classic.

Nelson, a two-time runner-up this season, rallied with three birdies on the back nine and finished at 7-under 209 at The Hills Country Club, one stroke ahead of Bruce Lietzke (69).

Nationwide TourCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Justin Bolli won his first Nationwide Tour event, carding a 7-under-par 65 for a one-shot victory at the Chattanooga Classic.

-- From wire reports

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