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Hold off on all that retirement talk for Inbee Park.
After taking a one-shot lead Thursday in the women's golf competition, Park told Korean reporters she doesn't know where all the retirement speculation started.
"I have no retirement plans," she said. "I don't know how something like that came about. I think it's probably because I've not played much this year."
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Park is a seven-time major champion who qualified for the LPGA Hall of Fame in June at age 27, the youngest ever. She has played only 10 tournaments because of a left thumb injury, and she missed the last two majors. She took off two months to make sure she was ready for the Olympics, and it's working out for her through 36 holes at Olympic Golf Course.
Speculation has been swirling since June that Park might retire, and she said earlier this week that she wants to start a family and doesn't know how that will affect her future. For now, she's living the Olympic dream.
"I am really lucky that the Olympics is taking place in my 10th year as a pro, when I am in my prime," she said. "And it's not something anyone can experience. This is a very special moment and the highlight of my golf career. Even if I don't post a good result, representing the country in itself is a huge honor."