|Na Yeon Choi
Choi at the 2013 Women's British Open
28 October 1987 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 2008)|
|Former tour(s)||KLPGA Tour (joined 2004)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|LPGA of Korea Tour||8|
|Best results in LPGA major championships
|ANA Inspiration||T6: 2008|
|Women's PGA C'ship||8th: 2009|
|U.S. Women's Open||Won: 2012|
|Women's British Open||T2: 2013|
|Evian Championship||5th: 2014|
|Achievements and awards|
|LPGA Vare Trophy||2010|
|Revised Romanization||Choe Na Yeon|
|McCune–Reischauer||Choi Na Yŏn|
Na Yeon Choi (Korean: 최나연 [tɕʰwe najʌn]; born 28 October 1987) is a South Korean female professional golfer playing on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. In July 2012, she won the U.S. Women's Open for her first major championship.
At age 17 in 2004, Choi won the ADT CAPS Invitational on the LPGA of Korea Tour (KLPGA), beating future Hall-of-Famer Se Ri Pak by four strokes. Choi turned professional shortly thereafter, in November 2004. She won once each year on the KLPGA Tour in 2004 through 2007.
In 2007, Choi played in the Hana Bank-KOLON Championship, an event co-sponsored by the LPGA and KLPGA Tours, and finished eighth. She attended LPGA Qualifying Tournament in the fall of 2007, but finished two shots shy of earning a fully exempt Tour card for the 2008 season. Her non-exempt card meant she was not automatically eligible for every event, yet her high conditional status and consistent good play put her in nearly every tournament. She won over $1 million and finished 11th on the 2008 money list with nine top-10 finishes in 27 events played. She finished second in the LPGA Rookie of the Year race, just behind winner Yani Tseng.
In 2009, Choi won twice on the LPGA Tour. In October she won the 20-player Samsung World Championship. Two weeks later she won the Hana Bank-KOLON Championship, an event co-sanctioned with the KLPGA. Her third LPGA Tour win came in July 2010 at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic at which she beat three other players on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. In 2010, Choi was both the LPGA Tour money leader and the leading scorer (Vare Trophy).
Professional wins (15)
LPGA Tour wins (9)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour (8)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||20 Sep 2009||Samsung World Championship||71-67-63-71=272||−16||1 stroke||Ai Miyazato||250,000|
|2||1 Nov 2009||Hana Bank-KOLON Championship||68-71-67=206||−10||1 stroke|| Maria Hjorth
|3||4 Jul 2010||Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic||64-67-68-71=270||−14||Playoff|| Christina Kim
|4||31 Oct 2010||LPGA Hana Bank Championship||69-68-69=206||−10||2 strokes||Vicky Hurst||270,000|
|5||16 Oct 2011||Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia||66-68-67-68=269||−15||1 stroke||Yani Tseng||285,000|
|6||8 Jul 2012||U.S. Women's Open||71-72-65-73=281||−7||4 strokes||Amy Yang||585,000|
|7||18 Nov 2012||CME Group Titleholders||67-68-69-70=274||−14||2 strokes||So Yeon Ryu||500,000|
|8||31 Jan 2015||Coates Golf Championship||68-70-66-68=272||−16||1 stroke|| Jang Ha-na
|9||28 Jun 2015||Walmart NW Arkansas Championship||66-63-69=198||−15||2 strokes||Mika Miyazato||300,000|
LPGA Tour playoff record (1–3)
|1||2008||Evian Masters|| Helen Alfredsson
|Alfredsson won with birdie on third extra hole
Park eliminated with birdie on first hole
|2||2010||Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic|| Christina Kim
|Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|3||2011||Safeway Classic||Suzann Pettersen||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|4||2012||HSBC Women's Champions|| Shanshan Feng
|Stanford won with par on third extra hole
Choi eliminated with par on second hole
Feng eliminated with par on first hole
LPGA of Korea Tour wins (8)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||6 Nov 2004||ADT CAPS Invitational (as an amateur)||68-66-68=202||−14||4 strokes|| Pak Se-ri
|2||3 Jun 2005||Lakeside Ladies Open||71-69-71=211||−5||1 stroke|| Lim Seo-hyun
|3||30 Sep 2006||KB Star Tour 3rd Tournament in Hampyeong||68-67-69=204||−12||3 strokes||Jiyai Shin|
|4||21 Sep 2007||Shinsegae Cup KLPGA Championship||68-69-68=205||−11||3 strokes||Ji Eun-hee|
|5||1 Nov 2009||Hana Bank-KOLON Championship (co-sanctioned with LPGA)||67-68-71=206||−10||1 stroke|| Yani Tseng
|6||31 Oct 2010||LPGA Hana Bank Championship (co-sanctioned with LPGA)||69-69-68=206||−10||2 strokes||Vicky Hurst|
|7||4 Sep 2011||Hanwha Finance Classic||72-75-71-69=287||−1||4 strokes||Choi Hye-yong|
|8||9 Dec 2012||Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters||73-68-72=213||−3||Playoff||Teresa Lu|
|2012||U.S. Women's Open||−7 (71-72-65-73=281)||4 strokes||Amy Yang|
Results not in chronological order before 2015.
|Women's PGA Championship||DNP||T18||8||CUT||T43||DQ||T9||T25||T34||CUT||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||T19||T9||T2||CUT||1||T17||T13||T26||CUT||T60|
|Women's British Open||DNP||T21||T8||T3||T7||T13||T2||CUT||T61||CUT||DNP|
|The Evian Championship ^||T44||5||DNP||WD||DNP|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
DQ = disqualified
T = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|Women's PGA Championship||0||0||0||0||2||4||10||6|
|U.S. Women's Open||1||1||0||2||3||6||11||8|
|Women's British Open||0||1||1||2||4||6||9||7|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||1||1||1||3||2|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (twice)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (2009 LPGA – 2009 British Open)
LPGA Tour career summary
- official through 2017 season
- LPGA.com, LPGA 2013 Player Guide Archived 5 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
- "US Women's Open: South Korea's Na Yeon Choi wins by four shots". BBC Sport. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- "Ochoa clinches third Rolex award". Iseekgolf.com. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
- "Choi Na-Yeon wins Hana Bank Kolon Championship". The Times of India. 1 November 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
- "Choi loses lead, then wins Farr in playoff". Golf Channel. Associated Press. 4 July 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- Lee, Yeong Ho (12 December 2010). "LPGA 상금왕 최나연, 기부천사로 '우뚝'". Yeonhap News. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- "Na Yeon Choi stats". LPGA. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
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