PHOENIX – Inbee Park’s entire trophy collection resides in the front entrance of her father’s packaging company on the outskirts of Seoul. Junior golf trophies, major championship replicas, the Olympic gold medal. It’s the ultimate brag wall.
Park visited her father’s company during her six-month break from competition and had a revelation.
“I told myself, I think I need to erase all of this in me and start new,” she said. “Obviously if I didn’t have any of that, I can be appreciative of anything that I achieve, whether it’s top 25, top 10, just a win. … I’m starting to write my career again.”
A profound moment for a player who has seemingly achieved it all by age 28. Park said at some point being No. 1 in the world or earning Player of the Year no longer motivated her like it once did. Golf was “getting boring” and she saw herself taking for granted what she had achieved.
The left thumb injury forced Park to confront those realities as she took a prolonged…