Park becomes first rookie number one
BEIJING – Agence France-Presse
The 24-year-old, who knocked countrywoman Ryu So-Yeon off the top spot, is the fourth South Korean world number one since the rankings were introduced in 2006, joining Shin Ji-Yai, Park In-Bee and Ryu.
"This is all too sudden for me, and it hasn't hit me yet," Park added. "I think this is an honor for my whole family."
Park reaches number one exactly a year after she held a press conference in Korea to announce she would take up membership on the LPGA Tour, after a season in which she won seven times on the Korean LPGA Tour, contended in three major championships and had risen to world number 10.
She had romped away with the LPGA's Rookie of the Year honors long before this season ended and with two tournaments to go, she is ranked second in the Player of the Year standings.
Only Ryu, who is sitting out this week, is ahead of Park who is seeking to become just the second player in history after Nancy Lopez in 1978 to earn both rookie and player of the season honors in the same year.
"I've accomplished my goal a lot faster than I'd planned, and it does put some pressure on my shoulders," Park said.
"But I am also determined to keep trying harder and harder. I think I was able to get this far this fast because I continued to push myself without settling for less."