June 21, 2022
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Congressional Country Club (Blue Course)
THE MODERATOR: We're here with Inbee Park, one of the great champions in this tournament's history. Three-time KPMG Women's PGA Championship winner. Just how special is the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for you?
INBEE PARK: I've had great memories with this tournament. Obviously, winning three times in a row is a very special memory of me. Since the PGA took over, we've been playing some great golf courses. I have been really enjoying every single year of it whether I win or not. I think I have been enjoying it so much. Obviously, this year is going to be a very special year on a very special track.
THE MODERATOR: How incredibly difficult is it, can you explain, to win a major three years in a row?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I don't know how I did it. Yeah, if you ask me if I could do it now, I think it will be pretty impossible to do it. Back then I just -- my game and everything was in great shape, and I was probably putting a lot better than what I am now today.
But, yeah, I don't know how I did it, but somehow I was able to do it. I think every player has that moment in their career where everything seems to be going the right way, every little move is the right move. I think it was that time of my career.
THE MODERATOR: Well, now we're back here several years later. We're at Congressional. Had you been here before this week?
INBEE PARK: No, first time. I played Sunday and Monday, nine holes each.
THE MODERATOR: What do you think about this course? It seems pretty spectacular out there.
INBEE PARK: Yeah, obviously, they're in fantastic shape, and I really love the layout of the golf course. It was quite windy the last couple of days, so it was quite tough, playing pretty tough and pretty long.
The greens are really, really tricky, so you just have to put yourself in the right spot, and you have to be putting really well this week.
THE MODERATOR: The state of your game, do you think as you come in -- I know you took many time off a couple of weeks ago. How are you feeling as you come into this major week?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I feel pretty good. I have my best friend that lives in this area, and I am staying at her house this week. It's about a 30-minute drive. They live in Fairfax, Virginia, so I call it my East Coast -- east side home, myself. Very happy to be here with her.
I'm just trying to enjoy the week. I had great memories this week. Better results always are a lot more enjoyable, so that's what I'm trying for.
THE MODERATOR: I want to ask you, just everything that KPMG has done for this event outside the ropes with really focusing on the fan experience and also the performance insights and the leadership summit, how have you seen this event grow? I'm looking, this is your 16th time playing this event. You've seen this from its LPGA Championship days until now. How much has this championship grown particularly over the last eight years.
INBEE PARK: I really think they elevated the women's game a lot. You know, golf in a woman's game.
I think every year has been getting better. They are interacting a lot with the fans, a lot with everyone else outside of golf as well.
Golfers and non-golfers, they seem to be really enjoying this week as a very special week as a woman, and, yeah, I think it's very good week to enjoy.
THE MODERATOR: Awesome. You're going to be teeing off in the first round playing with Brooke and Nelly. What do you think 18 holes with them sounds like, three incredible major champions?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I've played with them a few times already, and I know what their games are like. They're great players, so, yeah, looking really forward to playing with them.
THE MODERATOR: All right. Thank you very much, Inbee. If you don't mind, stay there, so we could ask you a few questions in Korean.
INBEE PARK: Okay.
THE MODERATOR: Welcome, Inbee park, three-time KPMG Women's PGA Champion winner. How special is this event to you when you look back to those three years of winning?
INBEE PARK: (Korean)
THE MODERATOR: You've seen this course now, 18 holes. What's it like? How great of a major venue is this going to be this week?
INBEE PARK: (Korean)
THE MODERATOR: Finally, if you could talk about how much this championship has changed since KPMG and PGA of America joined the family and really elevated the event?
INBEE PARK: (Korean)
THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Inbee.
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