Pak Se Ri Ends LPGA Golf Career at U.S. Open

Michael Song, July 11, 2016, 8:41 a.m.

Golfer Pak Se-ri burst into tears as she hugged her rival and friend Karrie Webb of Australia at the U.S. Women's Open in San Martin, California on Friday. Webb had been waiting at the 18th hole for Pak, who was playing her last game in the U.S. as she is retiring after this season. "I thought I was going to be OK, but I wasn't," Pak said. "So much emotion going on in my mind right now."

Pak missed the cut after the second round. It was late afternoon by the time she finished her round, but U.S. Golf Association officials lined up to bid her farewell. After making her LPGA Tour debut in 1998, Pak became the first Korean inducted into golf’s Hall of Fame in 2007 with 25 wins on the LPGA Tour.

She will return to Korea this week to begin her new life, which will start with a stint coaching the female Korean golfers competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.  In September, Pak will host her namesake invitational here.

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