As K.J. Choi moves to the top of the Open Championship leaderboard, I have to post an item I missed while traveling. It's from Doug Ferguson's July 8 notebook that followed the U.S. Women's Open win by Inbee Park.
Se Ri Pak inspired a nation of golfers from South Korea when she won the U.S. Women's Open in 1998, with players such as Inbee Park and Birdie Kim among many who consider her their role model.
But what about the men?
K.J. Choi, whose seven victories make him the most prolific Asian winner on the PGA Tour, was asked if he recalled Pak winning in 1998. Choi said he was living in Seoul and watched Pak's playoff victory on television.
Asked if he paid close attention to the LPGA, however, Choi wore a look of confusion.
"Hard to keep track," he said. "Too many Kims and Parks."
The LPGA has 10 members with the last name Kim, and six with the last name Park. He didn't bother mentioning the six Lees.