In the Winner's Circle with Na Yeon Choi

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Na Yeon Choi of South Korea is sprayed with champagne by players and friends after her four-stroke victory at the 2012 U.S. Women's Open on July 8, 2012 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin.

IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE with NA YEON CHOI

U.S. Women's Open
July 8, 2012

Hometown/Birthplace - Seoul, South Korea/Orlando, Florida
Birthdate - Oct. 28, 1987 - currently 24 years, 8 months, 11 days
Qualified for LPGA Tour - T20th at 2007 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament
Turned Professional - November 2004

Sixth career LPGA victory; 11th career victory worldwide

First career major championship win. Previous best finish in a major was T2 at the 2010 U.S. Women's Open at Oakmont C.C.

With the $585,000 first-place check, she increases career earnings to $6,660,293 and increases season earnings to $994,908. She's now fourth on the 2012 LPGA Tour Official Money List

Becomes the fourth South Korean in the last five years to win the U.S. Women's Open, joining Inbee Park (2008), Eun-Hee Ji (2009), and So Yeon Ryu (2011)

Captures her first major victory on the same course (Blackwolf Run) where Se Ri Pak became the first ever South Korean to win the U.S. Women's Open

Earns 60 points toward the Rolex Player of the Year race, increasing total to 92 points and moving to 5th place

5th top-10 finish in 14 events played in 2012

Previous top-10 finishes in 2012 include a tie for second at the HSBC Women's Champions 2012 and RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, T8 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and T9 at the Sybase Match Play Championship

Unofficially projected to move from No. 5 to No. 2 in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings


Topics: In the winners circle, Choi, Na Yeon, US Women's Open

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