Maybe the LPGA tour doesn’t excite you as much as the PGA Tour, and certainly the proliferation and success of South Korean players is a bit of a marketing problem, at least here in the U.S., but the Women’s British Open at St. Andrews this week should be pretty stirring stuff. If Inbee Park wins her fourth straight major at the game’s most hallowed ground, she’ll become the first golfer to win a calendar-year Grand Slam since Bobby Jones in 1930—and the first person to win all four professional majors in the same year (Mickey Wright and Tiger Woods won four straight over the course of two years, in 1961–62 and 2000–01, respectively). Which is why it was pretty shocking to hear that she gave a 30-minute press conference yesterday to a half-empty media room. Hopefully that isn’t a reflection on the interest in general because she’s very likely to pull it off for two reasons: Park is a revered name in Scottish golf—Willie Park won four Open titles, including the very first one in 1860, and his son won two—and she can putt the dimples off the ball, averaging a little over 28 putts per round in her major hat trick. That will serve her well on the Old Course’s ginormous double greens. She begins her historic quest tomorrow morning at 2:03 am eastern time. Here are the TV times:
Thursday, August 1: ESPN2 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday, August 2: ESPN2 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Saturday, August 3: ESPN2 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sunday, August 4: ESPN2 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.