By petedirenzo
Friday, June 05, 2009

Se Ri Pak is fascinating, colorful and completely honest. Her career has been a blend of magic moments (five major championships, the Hall of Fame) and strange lulls (injuries, burnout). 
"I'm still learning," Pak said after opening the State Farm Classic with a 66 to share the lead with Jee Young Lee.
Though she hasn't won since 2007, Pak remains LPGA royalty. At 31, she's best known for spearheading the Korean movement on the LPGA, so much so that young Korean players on the LPGA are sometimes called "Se Ri's kids."
I'm going to be watching to see if Pak can string a couple more good rounds together. It's nice to see her playing well, especially one week before the LPGA Championship, which she won in 1998, 2002 and 2006.
I'll probably take a second look at Natalie Gulbis (4-under 68) and Michelle Wie (2-under 70), too. The two players are good pals and it showed as they traded shots and then strolled up the fairways talking the whole way.
Wie had a great round going before closing bogeys on No. 8 and No. 9 (her 17th and 18th holes) dropped her from the leaderboard. On No. 8, her approach shot clipped a branch. On No. 9, she missed a 4-footer for par. If she can clean up the miscues, she should be in the mix on the weekend. The course is wide open, giving her plenty of room to attack.
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