SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. - Angela Park, one off the lead at the U.S. Women's Open, left her native Brazil when she was 8-years-old for California, but she says her play is impacting the way golf is seen in her home country.
"I think right now a lot of people are starting up golf and watching more golf. ESPN is actually covering this tournament in Brazil, which they never did before, so it's going to bring a lot of people into the game."
Another South American, Angel Cabrera from Argentina, won the men' Open two weeks ago.
"His name is ‘Angel' without an 'a' so it would be funny to have an ‘Angela' win it," she said. "When I watched I was like, ‘ooh, that would be weird'. So now that I'm standing in this position and having the opportunity to go for a win it's amazing."
"I loved it. I really needed the rest," she said. "Coming from last week with the win there and I was coming from Mexico and I had a pretty busy week, flying here and playing 18 holes on Monday. I didn't have much time to rest and it was perfect timing."
Karrie Webb, the 2001 winner at Pine Needles, followed up a disastrous 83 Thursday with an even-par 71 Saturday, but it wasn't enough to make the cut.
"It's replayed in my head about 50 times, but there's not much I can do about it," she said. "If I could take one shot back, it would be the first tee shot (a snap hook). I might not have shot 83."
"I think it's great they're bringing it to St. Andrews, it's great for women's golf, taking it to the best known course there is."
She doesn't necessarily believe she'll have an advantage, having played the course many times, including several amateur tournaments.
"It's amazing how quickly you can get to know a golf course after a couple rounds."
June 29, 2007
Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Channel Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker.
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