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Na Yeon Choi
Rookie Year
2008
Height
5'5"
Career Earnings
$10,729,305

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 (9 wins, 1 major):

  • 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
  • 2015 Coates Golf Championship Presented By R+L Carriers, Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

LPGA Awards (2): 

  • 2010 Vare Trophy, Tour Money Winner

UL International Crown (1):

  • 2014

2017 in a Nutshell
  • 20 events, 9 cuts made, $46,311 (135)
  • Recorded a season-best T7 finish at the Blue Bay LPGA

Career

2016:

  • 25 events, 14 cuts made, $348,444 (55)
  • Recorded five top-10s

2015:

  • 22 events, 20 cuts made, $808,566 (17)
  • Crossed the $10 million mark in career earnings with her ninth career victory at the 2015 NW Arkansas Championship
  • Marked the fourth season in her career with multiple wins.
2014:
  • 26 events, 24 cuts made, $945,813 (13)
  • Season-best finish was runner-up at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, where she also crossed the $9 million mark in career earning
  • Recorded five additional top-10 finishes
  • Represented Team Korea at the inaugural International Crown, posted a record 1-3-0

2013:

  • 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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