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Pak aiming to win Champions event again

Se Ri Pak of South Korea will try to become the latest LPGA golfer to "three-peat." Pak can join six other LPGA golfers who have won the same event three straight years when she competes in the Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions, which begins on Thursday.

"It's great to come back here, but at the same time there's a lot of pressure because I can make it three in a row," Pak said. "That's one of my goals."

Pak watched Annika Sorenstam make history last week when the Swede won the Mizuno Classic. It was the third straight triumph at that tournament for the 33-year-old, making her the first player in LPGA history to "three-peat" at two different events. Sorenstam also won the Michelob Light Classic from 1997-99.

With Sorenstam skipping this week's event, the focus turns to Pak, who is second on the money list. She trails Sorenstam by $449,000 with two tournaments remaining.

"I'm kind of tired of being second to Annika, actually," Pak said. "I would like to do more, but I'm trying to slowly grow up. It takes a long time to get there, and it has to be learned very slowly."

The 26-year-old Pak, a three-time winner this season who tied for second last week in Japan, won last year's event here with a tournament-record 20-under 268, a comfortable four shots ahead of Catriona Matthew and Carin Koch.

Another victory this week puts Pak in some exclusive company.

England's Laura Davies is the only golfer to win the same event four years in a row, taking the Standard Register Ping from 1994-97. Louise Suggs, Kathy Whitworth, Sandra Haynie and Karrie Webb also have won the same event three straight times.

This week's $750,000 event is open to tournament winners from the last three years or active LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame members.

The field includes Candie Kung of Taiwan, who is enjoying a breakout year with three wins, and two-time champion Hee-Won Han of Korea.

Juli Inkster, another two-time winner this year, is part of the 31-golfer field along with fellow Hall of Famers Beth Daniel and Betsy King.

The LPGA season officially concludes next week with the ADT Championship in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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