Choi Na-yeon

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
Na Yeon Choi
최나연
— Golfer —
2013 Women's British Open – Choi Na Yeon (2).jpg
Personal information
Born (1987-10-28) 28 October 1987 (age 26)
Seoul, South Korea
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality  South Korea
Residence Orlando, Florida[1]
Career
Turned professional 2004
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2008)
Former tour(s) KLPGA Tour (joined 2004)
Professional wins 12
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 7
LPGA of Korea Tour 7
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T6: 2008
LPGA Championship 8th: 2009
U.S. Women's Open Won: 2012
Women's British Open T2: 2013
The Evian Championship T44: 2013
Achievements and awards
LPGA Vare Trophy 2010
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
2010
Choi Na-yeon
Hangul 최나연
Hanja 崔蘿蓮
Revised Romanization Choe Na Yeon
McCune–Reischauer Choi Na Yŏn

Na Yeon Choi (Korean: 최나연 [tɕʰwe najʌn]; born 28 October 1987) is a South Korean female professional golfer playing on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. In July 2012, she won the U.S. Women's Open for her first major championship.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

At age 17 in 2004, Choi won the ADT CAPS Invitational on the LPGA of Korea Tour (KLPGA), beating future Hall-of-Famer Se Ri Pak by four strokes. Choi turned professional shortly thereafter, in November 2004. She won once each year on the KLPGA Tour in 2004 through 2007.

Professional career[edit]

In 2007, Choi played in the Hana Bank-KOLON Championship, an event co-sponsored by the LPGA and KLPGA Tours, and finished eighth. She attended LPGA Qualifying Tournament in the fall of 2007, but finished two shots shy of earning a fully exempt Tour card for the 2008 season. Her non-exempt card meant she was not automatically eligible for every event, yet her high conditional status and consistent good play put her in nearly every tournament. She won over $1 million and finished 11th on the 2008 money list with nine top-10 finishes in 27 events played. She finished second in the LPGA Rookie of the Year race, just behind winner Yani Tseng.[3]

In 2009, Choi won twice on the LPGA Tour. In October she won the 20-player Samsung World Championship. Two weeks later she won the Hana Bank-KOLON Championship, an event co-sanctioned with the KLPGA.[4] Her third LPGA Tour win came in July 2010 at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic at which she beat three other players on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.[5] In 2010, Choi was both the LPGA Tour money leader and the leading scorer (Vare Trophy).[6]

Professional wins (12)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (7)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (6)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 20 Sep 2009 Samsung World Championship 71-67-63-71=272 −16 1 stroke Japan Ai Miyazato
2 1 Nov 2009 Hana Bank-KOLON Championship 68-71-67=206 −10 1 stroke Taiwan Yani Tseng
Sweden Maria Hjorth
3 4 Jul 2010 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic 64-67-68-71=270 −14 Playoff South Korea In-Kyung Kim
United States Christina Kim
South Korea Song-Hee Kim
4 31 Oct 2010 LPGA Hana Bank Championship 69-68-69=206 −10 2 strokes United States Vicky Hurst
5 16 Oct 2011 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 66-68-67-68=269 −15 1 stroke Taiwan Yani Tseng
6 8 Jul 2012 U.S. Women's Open 71-72-65-73=281 −7 4 strokes South Korea Amy Yang
7 18 Nov 2012 CME Group Titleholders 67-68-69-70=274 −14 2 strokes South Korea So Yeon Ryu

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2008 Evian Masters Sweden Helen Alfredsson
United StatesBrazil Angela Park
Alfredsson won with birdie on third extra hole
Park eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 2010 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic South Korea In-Kyung Kim, United States Christina Kim
South Korea Song-Hee Kim
Won with birdie on second extra hole
3 2011 Safeway Classic Norway Suzann Pettersen Lost to par on first extra hole
4 2012 HSBC Women's Champions United States Angela Stanford, South Korea Jenny Shin
China Shanshan Feng
Stanford won with par on third extra hole
Choi eliminated with par on second hole
Feng eliminated with par on first hole

KLPGA Tour wins (7)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
2012 U.S. Women's Open −7 (71-72-65-73=281) 4 strokes South Korea Amy Yang

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP T6 T40 T27 T47 T8 T32 T16
U.S. Women's Open CUT T19 T9 T2 CUT 1 T17 T13
Women's British Open DNP T21 T8 T3 T7 T13 T2 CUT
LPGA Championship DNP T18 8 CUT T43 DQ T9
The Evian Championship ^ T44

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
DQ = disqualified
T = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 7
U.S. Women's Open 1 1 0 2 3 6 8 6
Women's British Open 0 1 1 2 4 6 7 6
LPGA Championship 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 4
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 1 2 1 4 11 18 29 24
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (2009 LPGA – 2009 British Open)

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nds 3rds Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2005 2 1 0 0 0 0 T14 18,136 n/a 73.80 n/a
2006 2 2 0 0 0 0 T11 29,113 n/a 72.17 n/a
2007 3 1 0 0 0 1 T8 27,899 n/a 75.00 n/a
2008 27 27 0 2 1 9 T2 1,095,759 11 71.10 8
2009 26 26 2 0 3 11 1 1,341,078 6 70.51 7
2010 23 22 2 4 2 15 1 1,871,166 1 69.87 1
2011 21 20 1 2 3 12 1 1,357,382 3 70.53 2
2012 22 22 2 3 1 10 1 1,981,834 2 70.49 5
2013 24 24 0 2 0 8 2 929,964 9 70.31 5
  • official through 24 November 2013[7]

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ LPGA.com, LPGA 2013 Player Guide
  2. ^ "US Women's Open: South Korea's Na Yeon Choi wins by four shots". BBC Sport. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ochoa clinches third Rolex award". Iseekgolf.com. 24 November 2008. Retrieved July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Choi Na-Yeon wins Hana Bank Kolon Championship". The Times of India. 1 November 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Choi loses lead, then wins Farr in playoff". Golf Channel. Associated Press. 4 July 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Lee, Yeong Ho (12 December 2010). "LPGA 상금왕 최나연, 기부천사로 '우뚝'". Yeonhap News. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Na Yeon Choi stats". LPGA. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 

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