The cheering jarred Inbee Park from her sleep. The 10-year-old went downstairs to find her father in front of the television in the middle of the night in Seoul as he watched Se Ri Pak become the first South Korean to win the U.S. Women's Open.

Within a week, Park wrapped her hands around a golf club for the first time, not knowing that it one day would lead her to the brink of history.

"They were doing replays every day on TV," Park said. "I didn't know what was happening, but I thought it was really cool to be seen playing golf and being on TV. Golf looked really fun."

Fifteen years later, everyone is talking about Inbee Park.

A win this week in the Women's British Open -- at St. Andrews (Scotland), the home of golf of all places -- would make the 25-year-old the first golfer to win four majors in one season.

Park has won three LPGA Tour majors this year -- the Kraft Nabisco Championship, LPGA Championship and U.S. Women's Open.

She's a heavy favorite when the Women's British Open begins Thursday, just as Tiger Woods was at St. Andrews when he won to complete the career Grand Slam in 2000.

"I think she can do it," Pak said Wednesday, a Hall-of-Famer revered for cutting a path for so many South Koreans. "She's dominating."


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Woods and Mickey Wright are the only players who have held four professional majors at the same time, both done over two seasons. Woods won the U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship and Masters in succession in 2000-01. Wright won the U.S. Women's Open, LPGA Championship, Titleholders and Western Open over the 1961-62 seasons.

Wright has been watching Park on TV this year and is struck by her calm.

"She certainly is an unflappable young lady," the 78-year-old Wright said in a rare telephone interview from her home in Florida.

The debate this week at St. Andrews is not whether Park is capable of a fourth straight major, but whether that will constitute a calendar Grand Slam. The LPGA Tour, not nearly as established or well-funded as men's golf, designated the Evian Championship in France as a fifth major this year.

"It's pretty incredible to win the first three," Woods said Wednesday at the Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. "And the way she did it ... executing, and it seemed like she just is making everything."

The Grand Slam in golf was first mentioned in 1930 when Bobby Jones won the four biggest events of his era -- the British Open, U.S. Open, British Amateur and U.S. Amateur.

Slam or not, there is little debate that Park can do something no one else has in the modern game.

"If it could happen, it's something that I will never forget," Park said. "My name will be in the history of golf forever, even after I die."

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