Sun-Young Yoo

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Sun-Young Yoo
유선영
— Golfer —
2013 Women's British Open - Yoo Sun-Young (6).jpg
Personal information
Full name Sun-Young Yoo
Nickname Course Clown
Born (1986-12-13) 13 December 1986 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality  South Korea
Residence Orlando, Florida[1]
Career
Turned professional 2004
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2006)
Former tour(s) Futures Tour (2005)
Professional wins 3
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 2
Symetra Tour 1
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Kraft Nabisco C'ship Won: 2012
LPGA Championship T5: 2013
U.S. Women's Open T25: 2011
Women's British Open T7: 2011
The Evian Championship CUT: 2013
Achievements and awards
Futures Tour
Rookie of the Year
2005
This is a Korean name; the family name is Yoo.

Sun-Young Yoo (Korean 유선영 Yu Seon-Yeong [ju sʰʌnjʌŋ]; born 13 December 1986) is a South Korean female professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. She won the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship, which was her first major championship.

Amateur career[edit]

Yoo had a distinguished amateur career. In 2001 she won the Korean Junior Golf Championship. She played on the Korean National Golf team in both 2002 and 2004. In 2004 Yoo won the Korean Amateur in addition to being a quarter-finalist at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

Professional career[edit]

Yoo turned professional in November 2004 and began playing the Futures Tour in 2005. Yoo won her first professional event, the Betty Puskar Golf Classic.[2] That and ten top ten finishes in 18 events allowed Yoo to begin playing the LPGA Tour in 2006.

In September 2009 Yoo had her best ever finish on the LPGA Tour. At the end of 54 holes at the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship, she was tied for first with Jiyai Shin and Angela Stanford. A sudden death playoff followed which was won on the second extra hole by Shin.[3]

Yoo won her first LPGA Tour title at the 2010 Sybase Match Play Championship where she again faced Jiyai Shin and Angela Stanford on the way to the title. She defeated world number one Shin, in a semifinal match 2&1 and went on to defeat Stanford 3&1 in the championship match.[4]

On 1 April 2012, Yoo won her first major title, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. I.K. Kim had a one foot putt on the final hole for the win but missed it, resulted in a tie with Yoo and a sudden death playoff. On the first hole of the playoff, Yoo won with a 20 foot birdie putt.[5]

Among her fellow South Koreans on the LPGA Tour, Yoo is known as 'Course Clown'.[6]

Professional wins (3)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
1 23 May 2010 Sybase Match Play Championship 3 and 1 United States Angela Stanford 375,000
2 1 Apr 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship 69-69-72-69=275 −9 Playoff South Korea I.K. Kim 300,000

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2009 P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship South Korea Jiyai Shin, United States Angela Stanford Shin won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship South Korea I.K. Kim Won with birdie on first extra hole

Futures Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
1 14 Aug 2005 Betty Puskar Golf Classic 67-69-68=204 −12 2 strokes United States Brandi Jackson 9,800

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship −9 (69-69-72-69=275) Playoff1 South Korea I.K. Kim

1 Defeated I.K. Kim in a sudden death playoff with birdie on first extra hole

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP CUT DNP T12 CUT T62 1 CUT T55
U.S. Women's Open DNP CUT CUT 33 CUT T25 T32 CUT CUT
Women's British Open T36 CUT T46 T33 T31 T7 T47 T25 CUT
LPGA Championship CUT WD T77 T49 T25 T20 T15 T5
The Evian Championship ^ CUT

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

Summary[edit]

  • Starts – 33
  • Wins – 1
  • 2nd place finishes – 0
  • 3rd place finishes – 0
  • Top 3 finishes – 1
  • Top 5 finishes – 2
  • Top 10 finishes – 3
  • Top 25 finishes – 9
  • Missed cuts – 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2006 27 18 0 0 0 2 T5 231,473 57 72.53 64
2007 22 17 0 0 0 0 17 131,092 75 73.06 61
2008 30 25 0 0 1 6 3 688,983 25 71.62 20
2009 25 23 0 1 3 4 T2 614,874 23 71.16 16
2010 22 18 1 0 0 3 1 655,832 16 71.77 27
2011 21 16 0 0 0 6 4 476,672 25 72.04 29
2012 23 22 1 1 0 4 1 781,587 17 71.66 28
2013 25 20 0 0 0 4 T5 383,748 39 71.50 28
  • official as of 24 November 2013[7]

*Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

Futures Tour summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2005 18 18 1 10 1 42,007 5 71.42 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ LPGA.com, LPGA 2013 Player Guide
  2. ^ "Yoo Victorious In Morgantown". 2005-08-14. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  3. ^ "Shin wins in Arkansas". New York Times. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  4. ^ "Yoo wins Sybase Match Play Title". ESPN. 2010-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Sun-Young Yoo wins Kraft Nabisco". ESPN. 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  6. ^ Crouse, Karen (2008-11-02). "A Culture Clash for South Korean Players on the L.P.G.A. Tour". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  7. ^ "Sun Young Yoo Stats". LPGA. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 

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