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Park In-bee misses cut at LPGA major after Hall of Fame induction

All News 13:53 June 11, 2016

SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) -- A day after entering the LPGA Hall of Fame, South Korean star Park In-bee missed the cut at the second major championship of the season.

Park shot an eight-over 79 in the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, on Friday (local time). With the two-round total of nine-over 151, Park missed the cut by two strokes.

As the three-time defending champion of the event, Park was trying to become the first LPGA player to win a major for four straight years. Instead, she became the first defending champ since Betty Burfeindt in 1977 to miss the cut at this championship.

The missed cut marks another low point in a season of many for the world No. 2. She has battled back and finger injuries all season. Prior to this week, she had withdrawn from three out of nine tournaments, posting just two top-10 finishes with no victories in 2016.

"I just couldn't get the rhythm of the swing. And I missed a lot of shots to the right. And it was just really frustrating and disappointing," Park told LPGA.com. "I really thought that I could do it. I really thought that I can play really well this week. And I thought I was really ready, but I just wasn't."

After completing her first round, Park was officially inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame. At 27, she is the youngest member of the hall and is also the second South Korean after Pak Se-ri.

Park had met points requirements last year and needed to fulfill her equivalent of 10 seasons to enter the hall.

The latest hiccup also casts doubts about Park's availability for this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where golf will be contested for the first time in 112 years. Based on her world ranking position, Park is almost a lock-in to make the national team when the Olympic spots are determined on July 11.

She has hinted this week, however, that she may give someone else a chance to play if she isn't healthy enough to compete. She will likely make that decision by early July.

Another South Korean had a much better day in the second round. Lee Mi-rim, a two-time LPGA winner, now shares the 36-hold lead with Brooke Henderson at two-under 140 after shooting a 69 in the second round with four birdies and two bogeys.

Two other South Koreans, Ryu So-yeon and Kim In-kyung, are tied for sixth at even-par 142.

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