Na Yeon Choi was just 10-years-old when she watched Se Ri Pak make U.S. Women's Open history at Blackwolf Run in 1998. It was a win that caused a surge of inspiration in young women in South Korean to pursue a career in professional golf. Choi's victory only solidifies that. Today, she stands on the 18th green hoisting the same trophy as her role model lifted just 14 years ago.
Blackwolf Run did not play easy for the LPGA Tour this week, but Choi managed to adapt to the challenges of the 6,984 yard course. Choi made her move on day-three of the 2012 U.S. Women's Open, jumping from four strokes behind the leader following the second round, to leading the field by six strokes heading into the final round. Choi weaved her way around several obstacles on Sunday, but managed to save herself with several impressive putts. Even with a triple-bogey on the 10th hole, Choi managed to keep her lead to finish 8-under and 5-strokes ahead of fellow South Korean, Amy Yang.
With this win, Choi is projected to reclaim second place in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings that she held before Stacy Lewis took the spot after the Wegmans LPGA Championship. Choi joins a league of nine fellow South Koreans who have won a women's major championship on the LPGA Tour.
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