KOREAN golf star Sung Hyun Park is in the country just days after ruling the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore to become the world's No. 1 woman golfer.
Park, 25, will be competing in the $100,000 The Country Club Ladies Invitationals starting on Thursday. She will be in seach of a second successive title after ruling the World Women’s Championship in Singapore by two shots over Australian Minjee Lee.
Park has been practicing at the TCC course for the past two days and she looks forward to competing in the tournament.
“I don’t think it will be easy,” Park said through an interpreter during a press conference at Solaire on Tuesday. “I will do my best and keep my own game every game. I’ll just do my best as always in every tournament.”
The visit has left the Philippine golf community abuzz. Park is the first high-profile golfer to visit the country since Tiger Woods in the late 1990s.
Several Koreans also showed up at the press conference to show their support for Park, who leapfrogged Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand in the LPGA rankings.
Park said she has been enjoying her stay in the Philippines thanks to the hospitality of Solaire chairman Enrique Razon, despite suffering from a bum stomach in her first few days in the country.
“When Mr. Razon heard about that, he sent a doctor right away and gave my medications. I have fully recovered. After my practice, from the course, I rode a helicopter with Mr. Razon for the first time. It’s an amazing experience,” Park said.
“I was really honored and happy that I’m treated well. Thank you very much,” said Park.
Park is also in the country as Solaire Resort and Casino's newest brand ambassador.
Solaire executive vice president for casino marketing Cyrus Sherafat said it was a no-brainer to have Park as its newest brand ambassador.
“When the opportunity came, it was the fastest decision in company history,” Sherafat said. “She is the number one in the world. We are number one in the Philippines. We are so happy that she is part of the team.”