4/3/2019 10:21:27 PM

Park ready to sink or swim at ANA Inspiration

Park ready to sink or swim at ANA Inspiration

Rancho Mirage, USA: Park Sung-hyun believes her world number one ranking has left her in a more relaxed state of mind as she prepares to tackle the first women's major championship of 2019 at the ANA Inspiration in California on Thursday.

The 25-year-old South Korean heads into this week's tournament at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage chasing the third major of her career following wins at the 2017 US Open and 2018 PGA Championship.

A victory at last month's HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore and a share of second place at last weekend's Kia Classic indicate Park is perfectly poised to add to her major collection at this week's showpiece in the California desert.

However Park insists she is not feeling the pressure heading into a tournament where she has posted two top-10 finishes in her three previous appearances.

Park attributed her mindset in part to her position on top of the rankings, which she has led for the past five weeks.

"Before I made number one in the world I did feel a lot of pressure," Park said. 

"At the beginning of this year I played a lot more freely...so just being able to maintain that level of freedom, just feeling more comfortable out there," she added.

Park led at the halfway stage of last year's ANA Inspiration, which was eventually won by Sweden's Pernilla Lindberg. 

The experience left Park determined to go one better this year.

"The ANA Inspiration is a major that I've targeted as a tournament that I would like to win," said Park.

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