Na Yeon Choi

Korea, Republic of

5'5"

2008

$9,522,995.50

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Na Yeon Choi Bio

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5’5”...Started playing golf at the age of 11...Credits her father as the individual most influencing her career...Hobbies shooting pool and watching volleyball…Travels with a full-time English language tutor...Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt.

LPGA Tour Victories
(7)
2009 Samsung World Championship, Hana Bank-KOLON Championship
2010 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, LPGA Hana Bank Championship
• 2011 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
• 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, CME Group Titleholders

LPGA Awards
(2) : 2010 Vare Trophy, Tour Money Winner

2013 in a Nutshell

  • 24 events, 24 cuts made, $929,964 (9)
  • 8 top-10 finishes, 3 top-5 finishes
  • Recorded season-best runner-up finishes at the HSBC Women's Champions and the RICOH Women's British Open
  • Ranked fifth on Tour in birdies (437) and scoring average (70.306)
  • Second-consecutive season without a missed cut and extended her streak to 57 events
  • 2012:
    • 22 events, 21 cuts made, $1,981,834 (2)
    • 10 top-10 finishes, 6 top-5 finishes
    • Captured her first LPGA major victory at the U.S. Women’s Open and earned her seventh career win at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders.

    2011:

    • In 2011, recorded her fifth-career LPGA victory at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
    • Finished second in the race for the Vare Trophy with a scoring average of 70.53.
    • Other top-10 finishes included: second at the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca- Cola where she lost in a playoff to Suzann Pettersen, second at the LPGA HanaBank Championship, third at the Sybase Match Play Championship and the Mizuno Classic.
    • Tied for third at the Avnet LPGA Classic.
    • Tied for fourth at the CME Group Titleholders.
    • Tied for fifth at the Kia Classic.
    • Finished sixth at the HSBC Women's Champions and the CN Canadian Women's Open where she crossed the $5 million mark in career earnings.
    • Tied for seventh at the RICOH Women's British Open.
    • Tied for 10th at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
    • Also won the Hanwha Finance Classic on the KLPGA.

    2010:

    • In 2010, won the 2010 LPGA Official Money List and Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average (69.8).
    • Also led the Tour in birdies (338), percentage of rounds under par (57/79, 72.2%) and sand saves (67.3%).
    • Won the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger and the LPGA Hana Bank Championship Presented by SK telecom, the third and fourth victories of her LPGA career.
    • Tied for second at the LPGA State Farm Classic, U.S. Women's Open, Evian Masters Presented by Société Générale and Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola.
    • Tied for third at the RICOH Women's British Open and the Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV.
    • Also tied for fourth at the Bell Micro LPGA Classic; tied for fifth at the Mizuno Classic and the LPGA Tour Championship.
    • Tied for seventh at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and Corona Light.
    • Tied for ninth at the HSBC Women's Champions and the P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart.
    • Tied for 11th at the CN Canadian Women's Open.
    • Tied for 13th at the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand.
    • Finished 14th at the Kia Classic Presented by J Golf and tied for 16th at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

    2009:

    • Became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the Samsung World Championship, where she recorded a career-low 63 in the third round and crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings.
    • Won the Hana Bank - KOLON Championship 2009 for her second career victory, where she crossed the $1 million mark in season earnings; finished in the top-10 nine other times

    2008:

    • Was the runner-up to Yani Tseng by 267 points in the race for Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors on the strength of nine top-10 finishes.
    • Recorded season-best runner-up finishes at the Sybase Classic Presented by ShopRite and the Evian Masters, where she lost to Helen Alfredsson in a three-hole, sudden-death playoff.
    • Carded a season-low 65 in the second round of the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship, where she tied for eighth.
    • Crossed the $1 million mark in season and career earnings at the Samsung World Championship.

    2007:

    • As a member of the Korea LPGA (KLPGA), tied for eighth at the Hana Bank • KOLON Championship.
    • Won her fourth KLPGA event at the Shinsegye Cup KLPGA Championship.
    • Tied for 20th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn non-exempt status for the 2008 LPGA season.

    2006:

    • Won the KB Star Tour in Hampyung on the KLPGA.

    2005:

    • Won the Lake Side Ladies Open on the KLPGA.

    2004:

    • As an amateur, won the ADT CAPS Invitational on the KLPGA; turned professional in November.

    Amateur:
    • Choi was a member of the Korean National Team.
    • She won the 2004 ADT CAPS Invitational on the KLPGA and turned professional following the victory.

    Personal:
    • 5’5”
    • Started playing golf at the age of 11.
    • Credits her father as the individual most influencing her career.
    • Hobbies include shooting pool and watching volleyball.
    • Travels with a full-time English language tutor.
    • Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt.

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