Date of birth: September 28, 1977
Place of birth: Daejeon, South Korea
LPGA Tour Victories:
• LPGA Championship: 1998, 2002, 2006
• U.S. Women's Open: 1998
• Women's British Open: 2001
Awards and Honors:
• Vare Trophy (low scoring average), 2003
• Recipient, Order of Merit from South Korea, 1998
• In 1998, at age 20, became youngest winner of U.S. Women's Open. Pak won a 20-hole playoff for that victory, making that tournament - at 92 holes in length - the longest tournament ever in women's professional golf.
• Pak and Juli Inkster are the only players to win two of the modern majors in their rookie seasons on the LPGA.
• Pak won the 1999 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic in a 6-way playoff, the largest playoff in Tour history.
Se Ri Pak Biography:
And then her second win was also a major, the U.S. Women's Open, which she won in a notable 20-hole playoff over amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn. Pak won again the next week at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic, then won yet again two weeks later.
Her four wins as a rookie tied Pak with Annika Sorenstam to lead the Tour. While Pak ran away with Rookie of the Year honors, Sorenstam won the points-based Player of the Year award.
Pak was a strong and consistent winner over the next several years, with four wins in 1999, and five each in 2001 and 2002. She also won more majors, although she couldn't get past Sorenstam for a money title or Player of the Year honor. From 1998-2003, Pak was runner-up on the money list four times and third once more.
In 2003, Pak competed in a Korean men's tour event and finished tenth. She won three times on the LPGA that year, with 20 out of 26 Top 10s. Her lone victory in 2004 qualified her, at age 27, for the Hall of Fame, but she would have to wait for induction until her 10th year on the LPGA Tour (2007).
A slump followed, caused both by burnout and by a steady stream of injuries. But Pak did come back to win another major, the LPGA Championship, in 2006, defeating Karrie Webb in a playoff.
With her easy smile and quick laugh, Pak became a popular player with her fellow competitors. And after seeing her success, a flood of other Korean golfers started playing the LPGA, many with much success - although none with as much success as Pak.
At the 2007 LPGA Championship, Pak officially became a Hall of Famer when the minimum career-length requirement was fulfilled.