Women's PGA Championship predictions: Park eyes fourth title

James Mason
LiveScore
Three-time PGA Championship winner Inbee Park has been in impressive form
Three-time PGA Championship winner Inbee Park has been in impressive form

South Korean Inbee Park will be aiming to make history as the 68th Women's PGA Championship takes place at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland this week.

The third Major of the campaign kicks off tomorrow and it is the first time the women's PGA has been held at Congressional, with the men's equivalent staged there back in 1976. 

Known for its tree-lined fairways and challenging greens, it was also used for three men's US Opens — 1964, 1997 and 2011 — while it hosted the AT&T National on the PGA Tour between 2007-09 and 2012-14. 

With so much at stake, we take a look to see who will be hoisting the trophy aloft come Sunday evening.

Park primed to prosper

One name to watch out for is Park, who won this tournament three years on the trot from 2013-15 and is aiming to become just the second person since Mickey Wright to land the title four times. 

The 33-year-old has not tasted success since winning her 21st LPGA Tour title at the 2021 Kia Classic, but her form has been promising in 2022, with one top five and a further two top-10 finishes to her name. 

With plenty of trees to block players out at Congressional and water also coming into play over the 18 holes, accuracy off the tee will be crucial and this is an area Park thrives in, as she ranks third in driving accuracy on tour.

The seven-time Major winner is also the 19th best putter this term and with the challenging greens expected to pose big problems over the course of the week, being able to wield the flat stick with authority could come in very handy. 

Aussie ace ready for more

Minjee Lee's US Women's Open victory this year was her second Major title
Minjee Lee's US Women's Open victory this year was her second Major title

Another candidate to look out for is Australian Minjee Lee, who recently won the US Open for the first time by four strokes and appears to be full of confidence heading to Maryland. 

The Perth-born star, 26, also landed the Cognizant Founders Cup in May ahead of her Major glory, while she has a T3 at the DIO Implant LA Open and a T2 at the HSBC Women's World Championship on her CV this year. 

Lee ranks first in scoring average, rounds under par and rounds in the 60s on the LPGA Tour this season, while she is also sixth in greens in regulation and fifth in putts per GIR. 

American hopes

One final player to consider is the American Andrea Lee, who has yet to break her Major duck but showed good promise when ending up T15 at the US Open earlier this month. 

The 23-year-old is second in driving accuracy this season, hitting 237 of a possible 276 fairways, and this consistency off the tee should give her a solid platform to build on at Congressional.

Lee was T7 at the 2020 Women's British Open, so she is more than capable of performing at the highest level, and she could be worth a look as an outsider for the title this week.

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