Na Yeon Choi Wins 2012 United States Women’s Open

Na Yeon Choi

After Na Yeon Choi blitzed the field with a course record 7-under 65 in the 3rd round of the 2012 US Women’s Open, 12 shots better than the average round that day and building a 6 shot lead, it looked like the final round might turn out to be more of a coronation than competition. But this is sports and strange things can happen en route to championships, particularly when a golfer is seeking their first Major. With Amy Yang refusing to roll over and give up, NYC found her fortitude tested after a triple bogey on the 10th hole put the tournament in doubt. As she walked away from the par 5 10th with a snowman (8), Na Yeon Choi had the opportunity to show what she was made of. Would she shrink from the pressure or emerge a champion? We found out the soft-spoken Choi has fire inside of her. She immediately birdied the 11th, showing she has the short memory necessary for golfers, the ability to quickly move on from mistakes. The best was yet to come. Sometimes in golf, it isn’t a birdie or eagle that defines a round. Sometimes a par can do just as well. On the par 4 12th, Choi hooked her second shot into the tall grass to the left of the green. It was the kind of lie that spells a possible double bogey. She discussed the possibility of taking a drop as her ball was buried deeply. NYC decided to take a swing and knocked it cleanly onto the green. It was a beautiful shot that left her with a long putt that would probably end up only costing her a bogey. However, Choi stepped up and knocked down the par putt to save what could have been a disaster with a par. The golf gods then smiled on her on the 13th hole, as her tee shot twice hit the rocks bordering a water hazard. Instead of getting wet, as others had done, Na Yeon’s ball ricocheted to just off the backside of the green. She again avoided what could have been a double bogey with a par. After adding birdies on 15 and 16, the coronation was on.

Se Ri Pak hugs Na Yeon Choi

Any US Women’s Open win is special. Any Major is special. However, this one was especially meaningful for the Korean players as Blackwolf Run was where Se Ri Pak started the Korean Wave with her win in 1998. Se Ri waited and was among the group of players who showered Na Yeon with celebratory champagne. Before she hugged Se Ri, Choi bowed out of respect. With the win, Na Yeon reclaims the #2 ranking in the world. I was a little put off by some of the commentators on The Golf Channel discussing after the win why Choi would be different than Hilary Lunke and Birdie Kim, players that haven’t done much after their US Open win. That shouldn’t even be discussed. Na Yeon was a multiple winner on the LPGA before winning the US Women’s Open. Na Yeon also was previously the #2 ranked player in the world. And lest people forget, Na Yeon Choi won both the Vare Trophy for scoring average and the Money List in 2010. To compare NYC to those other players is an insult, even if they agreed she would be different than them. Why even make that comparison? They wouldn’t have compared Suzann Pettersen to those players had she won. Choi has been a great player, is a great player and will continue to be a great player.

NA YEON CHOI

AMY YANG

SANDRA GAL

PAULA CREAMER

MIKA MIYAZATO

NICOLE CASTRALE

LEXI THOMPSON

LYDIA KO (low amateur)

VICKY HURST

STACY LEWIS

Pos Player Ctry Total Hole Today 1 2 3 4 Total
1 CHOI, Na Yeon -7 F +1 71 72 65 73 281
2 YANG, Amy -3 F -1 73 72 69 71 285
3 GAL, Sandra +1 F +2 71 70 74 74 289
T4 LEE, Il Hee +2 F -2 72 71 77 70 290
T4 FENG, Shanshan +2 F -1 74 74 71 71 290
T4 SERGAS, Giulia +2 F E 74 71 73 72 290
T7 CREAMER, Paula +3 F +2 73 73 71 74 291
T7 MIYAZATO, Mika +3 F +4 71 71 73 76 291
T9 PAK, Se Ri +4 F -1 72 73 76 71 292
T9 PETTERSEN, Suzann +4 F +3 71 68 78 75 292
T9 KERR, Cristie +4 F +3 69 71 77 75 292
T9 PARK, Inbee +4 F +3 71 70 76 75 292
T9 CASTRALE, Nicole +4 F +3 73 70 74 75 292
T14 LACROSSE, Cindy +5 F E 73 74 74 72 293
T14 RYU, So Yeon +5 F +2 74 71 74 74 293
T14 KANG, Danielle +5 F +2 78 70 71 74 293
T14 THOMPSON, Lexi +5 F +6 70 73 72 78 293
T18 SEO, Hee Kyung +6 F -3 72 73 80 69 294
T18 LINCICOME, Brittany +6 F -1 69 80 74 71 294
T18 HURST, Vicky +6 F +6 71 70 75 78 294
T21 JUNG, Yeon Ju +7 F -3 74 72 80 69 295
T21 LANG, Brittany +7 F -1 73 74 77 71 295
T21 LUNA, Diana +7 F -1 76 72 76 71 295
T21 LEE, Jennie +7 F E 70 74 79 72 295
T21 KANG, Jimin +7 F +1 72 72 78 73 295
T21 GULYANAMITTA, Numa +7 F +1 73 76 73 73 295
T21 MUNOZ, Azahara +7 F +4 73 73 73 76 295
T28 NORDQVIST, Anna +8 F -1 72 74 79 71 296
T28 HARIGAE, Mina +8 F +1 77 71 75 73 296
T28 PHATLUM, Pornanong +8 F +3 76 69 76 75 296
T28 MIYAZATO, Ai +8 F +5 70 74 75 77 296
T32 YOO, Sun Young +9 F -4 76 72 81 68 297
T32 PAK, Jinyoung +9 F E 73 72 80 72 297
T32 SALAS, Lizette +9 F +8 69 73 75 80 297
T35 SHIN, Jenny +10 F +3 76 71 76 75 298
T35 JOHNSON, Jennifer +10 F +4 76 70 76 76 298
T35 RECARI, Beatriz +10 F +5 70 75 76 77 298
T35 WIE, Michelle +10 F +8 74 66 78 80 298
T39 KO, Lydia (a) +12 F +3 74 72 79 75 300
T39 YOUNG, Heather Bowie +12 F +3 75 73 77 75 300
T39 CIGANDA, Carlota +12 F +3 76 72 77 75 300
T39 FUTCHER, Katie +12 F +6 73 75 74 78 300
T39 YOKOMINE, Sakura +12 F +8 75 70 75 80 300
T39 KORDA, Jessica +12 F +8 74 71 75 80 300
T39 JANG, Jeong +12 F +8 73 72 75 80 300
T46 TALLEY, Emma (a) +13 F E 73 75 81 72 301
T46 SONG, Jennifer +13 F +2 72 74 81 74 301
T46 LEWIS, Stacy +13 F +3 77 69 80 75 301
T46 WALSHE, Alison +13 F +9 74 71 75 81 301
T50 WEBB, Karrie +14 F +2 75 72 81 74 302
T50 PILLER, Gerina +14 F +5 73 71 81 77 302
T50 TSENG, Yani +14 F +6 74 72 78 78 302
T50 REID, Melissa +14 F +7 79 69 75 79 302
T54 STANFORD, Angela +15 F +4 75 71 81 76 303
T54 LEE, Meena +15 F +6 71 78 76 78 303
56 GUSTAFSON, Sophie +16 F -1 77 72 84 71 304
T57 SCHREEFEL, Dewi Claire +17 F +2 73 76 82 74 305
T57 HULL, Katherine +17 F +4 75 73 81 76 305
T57 OH, Angela +17 F +4 75 74 80 76 305
T60 LEE, Jihee +18 F +2 79 70 83 74 306
T60 LEE, Alison (a) +18 F +6 75 74 79 78 306
T60 MCPHERSON, Kristy +18 F +7 75 71 81 79 306
63 KANE, Lorie +19 F +4 76 73 82 76 307
64 MACKENZIE, Paige +21 F +5 75 74 83 77 309
65 KIM, Sue +25 F +9 75 72 85 81 313
Missed the Cut
KIM, I.K. Cut 74 76 150
BOELJON, Christel Cut 75 75 150
BURNETT, Katie Cut 72 78 150
WARD, Wendy Cut 72 78 150
TEACHMAN, Tessa Cut 75 75 150
KIM, Mindy Cut 72 78 150
KIM, Kyung (a) Cut 77 73 150
GRANADA, Julieta Cut 81 70 151
KUNG, Candie Cut 74 77 151
HAN, Hee Won Cut 77 74 151
TAMULIS, Kris Cut 76 75 151
HUR, Mi Jung Cut 80 71 151
MATTHEW, Catriona Cut 75 76 151
KIM, Christina Cut 75 77 152
LEE, Seon Hwa Cut 78 74 152
DO, Brianna Cut 74 78 152
STUPPLES, Karen Cut 76 76 152
UEDA, Momoko Cut 77 75 152
CLANTON, Cydney Cut 79 73 152
NOMURA, Haru Cut 75 77 152
BERNABE, Elisabeth (a) Cut 74 79 153
JACQUES, Kelly Cut 77 76 153
HJORTH, Maria Cut 77 76 153
WOODS, Cheyenne Cut 75 78 153
RANKIN, Reilley Cut 80 73 153
GLEASON, Jennifer Cut 73 80 153
GREEN, Jaye Marie (a) Cut 75 78 153
PARK, Hee Young Cut 74 79 153
CHEN, Doris (a) Cut 76 77 153
ALTOMARE, Brittany (a) Cut 78 76 154
O’SULLIVAN, Hannah (a) Cut 76 78 154
AYADA, Hiroko Cut 76 78 154
TANCO, Victoria Cut 81 73 154
SUH, Jenny Cut 75 79 154
JI, Eun-Hee Cut 76 78 154
JOH, Tiffany Cut 75 79 154
PARK, Jisoo (a) Cut 76 78 154
CHOI, Chella Cut 81 73 154
DOMINGUEZ, Gabriella (a) Cut 80 74 154
MORENO, Paola Cut 77 78 155
GULBIS, Natalie Cut 76 79 155
PERRY, Katherine (a) Cut 74 81 155
SHON, Kelly (a) Cut 78 77 155
KHANG, Megan (a) Cut 75 80 155
FELIBERT, Veronica Cut 79 76 155
BEISIEGEL, Isabelle Cut 81 74 155
PANCAKE, Brooke Cut 79 76 155
MARTIN, Mo Cut 78 77 155
NAKAYAMA, Mina Cut 78 77 155
WILSON, Haley Cut 78 78 156
HULLETT, Jamie Cut 78 78 156
MOZO, Belen Cut 76 80 156
PRAMMANASUDH, Stacy Cut 76 80 156
JUTANUGARN, Moriya (a) Cut 80 77 157
O’TOOLE, Ryann Cut 75 82 157
BLUMENHERST, Amanda Cut 75 82 157
MORGAN, Becky Cut 81 76 157
HEDWALL, Caroline Cut 77 80 157
BAE, Kyeong Cut 78 79 157
SIM, Hyun Hwa Cut 81 76 157
KIM, Birdie Cut 81 77 158
BRISTOW, Cathryn Cut 83 75 158
KEEL, Jisoo (a) Cut 81 77 158
LOPEZ, Gabriela (a) Cut 80 78 158
YANG, Soo Jin Cut 77 82 159
LEE, Mi Hyang Cut 74 86 160
WEAVER, Lindsey (a) Cut 79 81 160
PACE, Lee-Anne Cut 78 83 161
INKSTER, Juli Cut 79 82 161
ALVAREZ, Lili Cut 84 77 161
NEFF, Aimee Cut 81 80 161
BABA, Yukari Cut 78 83 161
GRIMES, Lisa Cut 83 78 161
MEADOW, Stephanie (a) Cut 77 84 161
HUFFER, Becca Cut 79 82 161
AUBERT, Shannon (a) Cut 82 79 161
HARRIS, Katy Cut 82 80 162
HURST, Pat Cut 81 81 162
PULLEY, Kylene Cut 81 81 162
ARMSTRONG, Ashley (a) Cut 80 82 162
HUNG, Amy Cut 82 81 163
MEIER, Christine (a) Cut 80 84 164
ALVAREZ, Anya Sarai Cut 82 82 164
YIN, Angel (a) Cut 78 87 165
PARK, Annie (a) Cut 81 84 165
MAO, Briana (a) Cut 85 81 166
MARKS, Samantha S. (a) Cut 87 79 166
RAH, Jane Cut 80 88 168
MITSUNAGA, Rinko (a) Cut 87 81 168
STOLL, Gigi (a) Cut 86 84 170
WD PRESSEL, Morgan 74 74

5 thoughts on “Na Yeon Choi Wins 2012 United States Women’s Open

  1. Pingback: 2012 US Women's Open, Blackwolf Run, Kohler, WI - Page 24 - LPGA Tour Forum

  2. Hey BB, what a great post and follow up on the wonderful achievement of Na Yeon Choi. She is my favorite golfer and showed so much fortitude in the US Open. She is an inspiration. I have posted several tributes (yesterday and 2 weeks ago) to her “Pop-Art” images. Tag her and check them out. I am going to re-blog this. Thanks.

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  4. Pingback: With 2013 US Women’s Open Near, Na Yeon Choi Reflects On Big Moments From 2012 Win | Fairways and Forehands

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