Se Ri Pak wants to coach, not play in 2016 Olympics


Se Ri Pak, the most decorated South Korean golfer with 25 LPGA Tour wins and five majors, wants to coach her nation’s team at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

“At the Olympics, I’d like to help fellow players in a different role [other than competing] and become their head coach,” Pak said, according to Yonhap News Agency. “It’s a personal goal, something that I started thinking about as my career wore on. I think it will be another learning opportunity for me.”

Pak, 37, plans to play through 2016 and then retire, according to the report. But she must realize her chances of qualifying to play at the first Olympics with golf since 1904 are not promising.

She is ranked No. 59 in the world, but 27th among South Koreans. South Korea can’t send more than four women’s golfers to the Rio Games.

Pak would have a decent shot to qualify for Rio if she was any nationality but South Korean or American.

She became the first South Korean to win majors in 1998, when she captured the LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open as a 20-year-old rookie.

Pak, seen as a pioneer for the South Korean golf boom over the last decade, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2007 at age 29.

Her last LPGA Tour win came in 2010.

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