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The return of Grace Park?

I’m not talking about the actress on Battlestar Gallactica. From the Arizona Republic-

Back injuries have ruined Grace Park’s past three seasons on the LPGA Tour, but you can always count on her to go low at least once during the Safeway International, displaying the game that once made her one of the tour’s top talents.

It happened again Saturday when Park shot a bogey-free round of 65, jumping from a tie for 68th to a tie for 20th at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club at 7-under 209.

It was Park’s best round since she shot 65 in the third round of the same event last year.

“For some reason, I think I’ve shot 65 or 66 here every year,” Park said. “Maybe it’s a good thing. This is definitely a great confidence booster.”

Park fired a 67 in the 2005 Safeway event and carded a 65 in 2004 when she tied for third, one week before winning her only major in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Park appeared to be on her way to stardom that year as she also won the Vare Trophy for low-scoring average, but a back injury hit her early in the ’05 season and has nagged her since.

I sincerely hope Grace is back. One round doesn’t prove anything. Why aren’t Ron Sirak and Beth Ann Badry right now singing the praises about Grace? They did so after one-time LPGA winner and career journeywoman Kelli Keunhe shot a opening round 65 in Hawaii. Grace’s resume is far superior, A Vare trophy and a major championship.(Kelli and Grace both won the US amateur) Ron is out there in Arizona right now, where is the article on Grace? I’m guessing it has something to do with Park’s skin color but I’ll give Sirak a few days to catch up in order to prove me wrong plus let Grace put up another strong round to show she could be on the comeback trail. See there is a double standard for the Golf MSM when it comes to Asian versus White players.

Back to the lovely Ms. Park, she is a top 10 player or arguably top 5 when healthy. I truly hope Grace is back. We’ll need more proof before passing judgment.

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