Chipping in three times during a tournament is impressive. Sung Hyun Park, however, chipped in three times during a 36-hole tournament, leading to victory at the weather-shortened Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic at Old American Golf Club.
Among Park’s hole outs were a nifty pitch shot that found the hole on the par-5 fourth hole for eagle, and then the capper, a bump-and-run play on the 18th hole that gave her a three-shot edge at the time on Sunday. As it turned out, that shot proved to be the clincher as Lindy Duncan closed the gap, but fell one stroke short of Park.
“I knew it was a pretty important shot,” said Park of the chip on 18. “It was a difficult shot and I’m glad I made it. I know my stats are a little bit off in my short game, but I’ve been working hard and it paid off today.”
The club Park used for both of those shots was a TaylorMade Milled Grind 58-degree wedge. That club, however, wasn’t the only useful short-game piece of equipment for Park. She also changed putters. Normally one to use a blade-style putter, Park switched to TaylorMade’s Spider Tour Red mallet, a model favored by Jason Day and Jon Rahm, among others. The change proved fruitful as Park needed just 52 putts over 36 holes in Texas.
Of course, chipping in three times doesn’t hurt those numbers, either.
What Sung Hyun Park had in the bag at the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: TaylorMade M3 460, 9.5 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade M4, 15 degrees
Hybrid: TaylorMade M3, 17 degrees
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 58 degrees)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red