FILE - In this March 24, 2012, file photo, Se Ri Pak, of South Korea, picks up her ball after finishing the third round of the Kia Classic LPGA golf tournament in Carlsbad, Calif. Pak is retiring after the season, ending a Hall of Fame career that inspire
Gregory Bull, File
March 18, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) Se Ri Pak is retiring after the season, ending a Hall of Fame career that inspired a wave of South Korean players who followed her to the LPGA Tour.

The 38-year-old Pak broke the news Thursday after opening with a 3-under 69 in the JTBC Founders Cup.

Pak won 25 LPGA Tour titles and five majors, two of them as a rookie in 1998. She was the youngest player to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame when she was enshrined in 2007 at age 30.

''Pak-mania'' ruled in the summer of `98, especially after she won the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run in a 20-hole playoff against amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn.

Hampered by left shoulder problems, Pak last won in 2010.

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