Na Yeon Choi
Name:Na Yeon Choi
Born:Oct 28, 1987 in Seoul, South Korea.
MAJORS (1). Multiple wins on the LPGA and Korea LPGA Tours. LPGA Tour leading money winner (2010).
At the age of 17, playing as an amateur, Choi won the Korean Tour's ADT CAPS Invitational beating Se Ri Pak by 4 shots. Choi turned professional shortly afterwards in in November 2004.
Played as the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G (June 26-28). Second-placed Mika Miyazato (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Na Yeon Choi (S Kor). [Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Arkansas].
Played as the inaugural Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers (Jan 28-31; LPGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Lydia Ko (NZ), Ha Na Jang (S Kor) and Jessica Korda (USA) finished 1 shot behind Na Yeon Choi (S Kor). [Golden Ocala G&EC, Ocala, nr Gainesville, FL].
The US Women's Open (67th) (July 5-8). Second-placed Amy Yang (S Kor) finished 4 shots behind Choi (S Kor), who claimed her first major championship title. [Original Championship course (composite of River & Meadow Valleys courses), Blackwolf Run, Kohler, Wis.].
Played as the CME Group Titleholders (Nov 15-18; LPGA Tr season-ending event). Second-placed So Yeon Ryu (S Kor) finished 2 shots behind Na Yeon Choi (S Kor). [Eagle course, The Club at TwinEagles, Naples, FL].
Played as the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (Oct 13-16; LPGA Tour event). Second-placed Yani Tseng (Taiw) finished 1 shot behind Na Yeon Choi (S Kor). A week earlier at the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in Korea, Choi was the runner-up and Tseng the victor. [East course, TPC Kuala Lumpur, KL, Malaysia; at the time known as Kuala Lumpur G&CC].
Choi (S Kor) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour. Cristie Kerr (USA) was second with 69.95; Suzann Pettersen (Nor) was third with 70.09.
Played as the LPGA Hana Bank Championship presented by SK Telecom (Oct 29-31; KLPGA/LPGA Tours event). Second-placed Vicky Hurst (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Na Yeon Choi (S Kor). [Ocean course, Sky 72 GC, Incheon, S Korea].
Played as the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic presented by Kroger (July 1-4). Wire-to-wire winner Na Yeon Choi (S Kor) beat In-Kyung "I.K." Kim (S Kor), Song-Hee Kim (S Kor) and Christina Kim (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, nr Toledo, Ohio].
Choi (S Kor) won the LPGA Tour 2010 Money List, with earnings of $1,871,165 on the Tour. Jiyai Shin (S Kor) was second with $1,783,127; Cristie Kerr (USA) was third with $1,601,551.
Hana Bank / Kolon
Played as the Hana Bank KOLON Championship (Oct 30-Nov 1; KLPGA/LPGA Tours event). Second-placed Yani Tseng (Taiw) and Maria Hjorth (Swe) finished 1 shot behind 22-year-old Na Yeon Choi (S Kor), who recorded her first home-country win, and second LPGA Tour win. [Ocean course, Sky 72 GC, Incheon, S Korea].
Played as the Samsung World Championship (Sept 17-20). Second-placed Ai Miyazato (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind first-time LPGA Tour winner Choi (S Kor). [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA].
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