Grace Park announces retirement

Updated: June 8, 2012, 2:56 PM ET
Associated Press

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Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesGrace Park retired from the LPGA on Friday, saying she's ready for a "new phase" in her life.

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Grace Park, who won one major among her six victories on the LPGA Tour, announced her retirement Friday at the LPGA Championship.

"I'm ready for a new phase in my life," said the often-injured Park, who finished her two rounds at 6 over par and wasn't likely to make the cut. "It's my own fault for not taking care of my body."

The 33-year-old Park, who won the 2004 Kraft Nabisco Championship, suffered from back, neck and hip problems, underwent two surgeries, and missed the better part of three years on tour because of her ailments. She won more than $5 million on tour.

"It was hard, very hard," Park said. "But I made it. I'm proud in that sense, that I've recovered from my injuries and was able to get back out here healthy. I thought I was ready to play."


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