Jung-Sook Kim knows golf and has seen her daughter, Se Ri Pak, win two LPGA Championships, one U.S. Open and 18 other tournaments.She also knows golf courses and had seen what Kingsmill can do to players trying too hard.
So before Pak's final round of the Michelob Ultra Open on Sunday, mother gave some advice.
"She said: 'Just do par or birdie. You don't have to try extra, extra hard. Just go out there, play as best you can today, and then we fly back to Korea and see dad and rest,' " Pak remembered.
It was a happy plane ride home Sunday night for Pak.
Playing relaxed while chasing the leaders, she rallied from a four-shot deficit to win the Michelob by two shots over Juli Inkster and Lorena Ochoa.
Pak shot a 6-under-par 65 to finish at 9 under and earn her 22nd win, qualifying her for enshrinement into the LPGA Hall of Fame.
"Before I came here, my first goal was (the Hall of Fame)," she said. "It was the biggest goal I could set up for myself."
Pak took over the lead when she parred No. 12 and Ochoa bogeyed No. 10. Pak extended the lead with birdies on Nos. 14 and 15.
Besides the Hall of Fame spot, Pak earned a career-high $330,000 for the victory.
Eleven players finished under par. Hee-Won Han and Wendy Doolan tied for fourth. Cristie Kerr -- the third-round co-leader with Ochoa -- shot 75 and tied for sixth with Mi-Hyun Kim.
Christina Kim, who was two shots back entering the final round and played in the final group, shot 77, including a two-stroke penalty for slow play.
Pak has 10 final-round comeback victories, and the four-stroke rally tied for the best in her career.
"As good a player as she is, you would think she would win tournaments by six, seven shots like Annika (Sorenstam) does now and again," said caddie Colin Cann. "But it seems to inspire her and drive her."
Pak became the 22nd player to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame and the first Korean. At 26 years, 7 months, she is the second-youngest to qualify, behind only Karrie Webb.
During her round, Pak said the Hall wasn't in her mind.
"After I signed my scorecard, (Cann) told me and I said, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah,' " she said. "I was just thinking about winning, not about the Hall of Fame."
Winning became possible after she made three birdies on the first five holes, draining putts of 35, 18 and 25 feet. With a 5-foot putt on No. 11, she tied Ochoa at 8 under and took the lead on No. 12. She birdied the 14th and 15th holes and bogeyed No. 16.
"She's a fast finisher," Inkster said. "She usually starts off kind of plodding, kind of gets herself in the hunt and then on Sunday, she lets it all go."
The plodding: a 1-under 70 on Thursday that included 32 putts and only nine of 14 fairways hit, and an even-par 71 on Friday that saw Pak miss six of 18 greens.
"She hasn't had a lot of confidence this year, and the first two days, her putting confidence was low," Cann said. "But we just worked on some things on the putting green and told her, 'You have nothing to lose; you just have to go for these putts.' "
The ''gets-herself-in-the-hunt'' part: In wicked conditions Saturday, Pak shot 69 to vault into contention.
"The putting was great the last two days, and that seemed to turn around her long game, too," Cann said.
The ''lets-it-all-go'': precise play off the tee (she hit 12 of 14 fairways) and to the greens (14 for 18), setting up eight birdies.
"Her and Grace are probably our second-best players out here (behind Annika Sorenstam)," Inkster said. "You have to expect they are going to go low one time."
Pak won because she went low twice. Her combined 8 under on the weekend was four shots better than any other player.
After a two-putt birdie on the par-5 seventh, Ochoa was at 9 under and led by two shots. But she bogeyed Nos. 9, 10 and 14.
"I hit my driver really bad and very inconsistent, and I just didn't feel right. I was out of tempo, out of rhythm and I think I was trying too hard on a couple of holes to make birdie," she said.
Inkster started at 3 under and moved to 6 under after birdie putts at Nos. 3 (3 feet), 4 (5 feet) and 7 (3 feet), but she fell back after bogeys on 8, 9 and 14. She got back to 6 under with an 18-foot eagle putt on No. 15 and a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 17.
Not bad for a player who said early in the week, "My swing stinks."
Inkster was one of six inducted and/or qualified Hall of Famers in the Michelob field. Pak made it No. 7, giving her mother a win four years after winning the ShopRite Classic on Father's Day.
"After practice this morning, I almost forgot to say happy Mother's Day, but I did and then had a big hug for her," Pak said. "I told her I was going to try my best. And, suddenly, something magical was working. My putting finally came together, and I made a lot of birdies and a lot of great shots." *Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times