Na Yeon Choi Notches 100th Win By Player Of Korean Descent On LPGA Tour At 2011 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Na Yeon Choi, 2011 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Winner

Since Se Ri Pak blazed the trail for Korean success on the LPGA in her 1998 rookie season with 4 wins, including 2 Majors, the face of the world’s premier women’s golf tour has never been the same. Sure, there had been Korean players before Se Ri. Ok-Hee Ku, for example, won the 1988 Standard Register Turquoise Classic (later called the Safeway International, the J Golf Phoenix International, among other names). However, it was Se Ri’s success, specifically starting with her win at the 1998 US Women’s Open, a tournament broadcast on all three major Korean networks, that started the wave of Seoul Sisters landing on American shores to show the world their phenomenal skills. Now, in 2011, we had the pleasure of seeing one of “Se Ri’s Kids”, Na Yeon Choi, earn the honor of posting the 100th win by a player of Korean descent on the LPGA Tour by emerging victorious at the 2011 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. The 2010 money list champion and Vare Trophy winner turned around recent bridesmaid finishes by holding off the charging Yani Tseng in the final round for a 1 shot victory at 15-under. Fittingly, the next highest finishing Seoul Sister was Se Ri Pak herself in solo 4th place.

It looked at various times like it was not to be. NYC started with an early double bogey on the par 4 2nd hole. At times in her career, it has seemed that nerves have had the best of her. Once she fell behind Brittany Lang, and with Yani making a final round surge, it looked as though another tournament might slip through Na Yeon’s fingers. Although she picked up birdies on 6 and 8 to nullify the double, even par on this course isn’t going to get it done. While NYC was even par for the final round through 11 holes, her closest two competitors were turning up the heat. Brittany Lang was threatening to secure her first victory by coming out at 2-under for her first 11, while golf uber-virtuoso Yani Tseng was at 4-under through 11, on her way to a 6-under round and 14-under overall. It looked like another collapse for NYC.

Not so fast. NYC did admit to being nervous on the back 9 after the final round, especially hearing Yani’s birdies. But Na Yeon responded like a champion, nailing 3 birdies, including both par 3s, in a six hole span between holes 12 and 17. Her 15-under overall tally would be enough to best Yani. Meanwhile, it was the hard-luck Brittany Lang, still looking for LPGA win #1, who would collapse coming in. After playing the first 12 holes at 2-under, lifting her overall score to 13-under, she fell apart, playing the final 6 holes at 4-over, including 3 bogeys, 1 double bogey and 1 birdie. I was pulling for either NYC or Se Ri to win, but I don’t want to see a player unravel like Brittany did; especially Brittany, whom I would greatly like to see get win #1. On this day, however, it would be win LPGA win #5 for Na Yeon Choi. More importantly, to fans of the Seoul Sisters worldwide, it was win #100 to continue the narrative of phenomenal Korean success on the greatest women’s golf tour in the world.

NA YEON CHOI

SE RI PAK

BRITTANY LANG

YANI TSENG

MICHELLE WIE

AI MIYAZATO

ANNA NORDQVIST

AZAHARA MUNOZ

PAULA CREAMER

SUZANN PETTERSEN

CHRISTEL BOELJON

ANGELA STANFORD

IN KYUNG KIM

SANDRA GAL

DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL

AMANDA BLUMENHERST

CAROLINE HEDWALL

PAIGE MACKENZIE

NATALIE GULBIS

AMY YANG

JIYAI SHIN

POS START CNTRY PLAYER TO PAR THRU TODAY R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL MONEY
1 1 KOR CHOI, Na Yeon -15 F -3 66 68 67 68 269 $285,000
2 T4 TPE TSENG, Yani -14 F -6 69 67 69 65 270 $176,791
3 3 ESP MUNOZ, Azahara -12 F -2 67 68 68 69 272 $128,250
4 T4 KOR PAK, Se Ri -10 F -2 72 68 65 69 274 $99,211
T5 T4 USA LEWIS, Stacy -9 F -1 68 65 72 70 275 $72,594
T5 2 USA LANG, Brittany -9 F +2 66 67 69 73 275 $72,594
T7 T12 USA STANFORD, Angela -7 F -4 71 71 68 67 277 $51,300
T7 7 NOR PETTERSEN, Suzann -7 F E 68 69 69 71 277 $51,300
T9 T19 NLD BOELJON, Christel -6 F -5 68 73 71 66 278 $38,112
T9 T15 CHN FENG, Shanshan -6 F -4 68 73 70 67 278 $38,112
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T9 T12 USA BLUMENHERST, Amanda -6 F -3 70 69 71 68 278 $38,112
T9 T8 USA CREAMER, Paula -6 F E 71 67 69 71 278 $38,112
T13 T19 KOR SHIN, Jiyai -5 F -4 70 69 73 67 279 $30,779
T13 10 KOR KIM, I.K. -5 F E 68 68 72 71 279 $30,779
T15 T28 SWE HJORTH, Maria -4 F -4 66 76 71 67 280 $26,585
T15 T19 KOR YANG, Amy -4 F -3 69 69 74 68 280 $26,585
T15 T15 SWE NORDQVIST, Anna -4 F -2 79 67 65 69 280 $26,585
T18 T19 KOR CHOI, Chella -2 F -1 74 70 68 70 282 $22,301
T18 T19 TPE KUNG, Candie -2 F -1 70 76 66 70 282 $22,301
T18 T15 GBR REID, Melissa -2 F E 72 71 68 71 282 $22,301
T18 T12 NLD SCHREEFEL, Dewi Claire -2 F +1 66 68 76 72 282 $22,301
T18 T8 USA WIE, Michelle -2 F +4 68 68 71 75 282 $22,301
T23 T39 USA HARIGAE, Mina -1 F -3 74 70 71 68 283 $19,197
T23 T28 JPN MIYAZATO, Mika -1 F -1 74 70 69 70 283 $19,197
T23 T28 KOR SHIN, Jenny -1 F -1 71 71 71 70 283 $19,197
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T26 T39 USA KIM, Christina E F -2 75 69 71 69 284 $16,164
T26 T34 USA FUTCHER, Katie E F -1 69 70 75 70 284 $16,164
T26 T34 USA PRESSEL, Morgan E F -1 71 71 72 70 284 $16,164
T26 T28 KOR KIM, Mi Hyun E F E 72 70 71 71 284 $16,164
T26 T19 USA GULBIS, Natalie E F +1 71 71 70 72 284 $16,164
T26 T19 PRY GRANADA, Julieta E F +1 70 71 71 72 284 $16,164
T32 T39 SCT MATTHEW, Catriona +1 F -1 70 69 76 70 285 $12,680
T32 T28 KOR YOO, Sun Young +1 F +1 70 71 72 72 285 $12,680
T32 T19 USA MACKENZIE, Paige +1 F +2 67 74 71 73 285 $12,680
T32 T19 JPN MIYAZATO, Ai +1 F +2 72 68 72 73 285 $12,680
T32 T15 SWE HEDWALL, Caroline +1 F +3 72 70 69 74 285 $12,680
T32 11 DEU GAL, Sandra +1 F +5 72 70 67 76 285 $12,680
T38 55 USA KERR, Cristie +2 F -4 72 72 75 67 286 $10,284
T38 T46 KOR LEE, Meena +2 F -2 74 70 73 69 286 $10,284
T38 T34 USA SONG, Jennifer +2 F +1 74 67 73 72 286 $10,284
T38 T34 JPN UEDA, Momoko +2 F +1 71 72 71 72 286 $10,284
T42 T52 KOR PARK, Hee Young +3 F -2 74 71 73 69 287 $8,905
T42 T46 AUS WEBB, Karrie +3 F -1 74 72 71 70 287 $8,905
T42 T42 USA LINCICOME, Brittany +3 F E 75 68 73 71 287 $8,905
45 T34 AUS BONDAD, Frances +4 F +3 70 73 71 74 288 $8,227
T46 T52 ENG DAVIES, Laura +5 F E 74 72 72 71 289 $7,646
T46 T42 THA PHATLUM, Pornanong +5 F +2 73 74 69 73 289 $7,646
T46 T28 KOR JI, Eun-Hee +5 F +5 72 69 72 76 289 $7,646
49 T56 ENG STUPPLES, Karen +6 F -1 74 73 73 70 290 $7,065
T50 T46 USA HURST, Pat +7 F +3 74 69 74 74 291 $6,485
T50 T46 USA LACROSSE, Cindy +7 F +3 74 71 72 74 291 $6,485
T50 T42 KOR KANG, Jimin +7 F +4 69 72 75 75 291 $6,485
T50 T42 USA WARD, Wendy +7 F +4 77 68 71 75 291 $6,485
T54 T52 SWE GUSTAFSON, Sophie +8 F +3 69 77 72 74 292 $5,807
T54 T46 TPE HUNG, Amy +8 F +4 72 69 76 75 292 $5,807
T54 T46 USA KIM, Mindy +8 F +4 69 73 75 75 292 $5,807
57 T58 ESP RECARI, Beatriz +9 F +1 73 73 75 72 293 $5,421
58 T58 KOR BAE, Kyeong +10 F +2 75 76 70 73 294 $5,226
T59 63 USA PILLER, Gerina +11 F +1 75 70 78 72 295 $4,872
T59 62 USA MCPHERSON, Kristy +11 F +2 73 78 71 73 295 $4,872
T59 T56 USA HURST, Vicky +11 F +4 76 74 70 75 295 $4,872
T62 T67 KOR HAN, Hee-Won +12 F -2 75 74 78 69 296 $4,549
T62 66 USA INKSTER, Juli +12 F -1 76 75 75 70 296 $4,549
T62 T58 THA CHUTICHAI, Porani +12 F +4 75 72 74 75 296 $4,549
T65 64 MYS *TAN, Kelly +13 F +2 77 73 74 73 297
T65 T58 AUS HULL, Katherine +13 F +5 76 72 73 76 297 $4,355
67 65 MYS *PAN, Aretha +14 F +2 75 76 74 73 298
68 T70 THA KONGKIATKRAI, Tanaporn +19 F -1 80 76 77 70 303 $4,259
T69 69 USA O’TOOLE, Ryann +21 F +3 82 75 74 74 305 $4,114
T69 T67 MYS CHUA, Jean +21 F +7 76 78 73 78 305 $4,114
T71 72 USA JOH, Tiffany +25 F +2 80 77 79 73 309 $3,920
T71 T70 MYS JOHANI, Ainil +25 F +5 76 80 77 76 309 $3,920

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