With this summer's victory at the U.S. Women's Open, Na Yeon Choi is becoming more familiar to golf fans as one of the most dynamic players on the LPGA. She lives in Orlando, Fla., and travels weekly with an English tutor to make "more connection with the fans, American fans."
Choi has been one of the most consistent contenders on the LPGA over the last five years, with six career LPGA wins, the last of which was the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisc. She has recorded 53 top-10 finishes in 117 starts (45 percent) over the last five years. In 122 career LPGA starts, Choi has missed only four cuts and three of those came in the most difficult tournaments, the major championships. Choi has made 18 cuts this year, but also was disqualified after the final round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship when she forgot to sign her scorecard. She is currently riding a streak of 29 consecutive made cuts, second only to her 65 consecutive made cuts from 2007-2010.
As the Asian Swing begins this week on the LPGA, Choi can also look forward to tournaments where she has fared quite well. She has won three times, including last year's Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, and totaled seven top-10 finishes in the upcoming four tournaments. The wins are more than anyone else ranked in the top 10 in the Rolex Player of the Year standings. Choi is ranked eighth in the Player of the Year standings, is third in money with $1,209,229 and fourth in the Rolex Women's World Rankings. She won the Vare Trophy for low scoring average and was first on the money list in 2010 and second in the Vare Trophy standings last year.
Additionally, Choi can celebrate relatively close to home. She turns 25 on Oct. 28 during the final round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.
"I've had a good year, winning my first major at the US Open," Choi said. "It would be great to complete the year by defending my title here. I have a lot of special memories from Malaysia and hopefully I'll add some more this week."