Na Yeon Choi sat down to talk to the good folks at Tour Players to talk about her terrific 3rd round performance at the 2012 US Women’s Open, as well as her amazing par save on the 12th hole in the 4th round. But it wasn’t just 12 that had a miracle par. The 13th hole saw the Golf Gods smile on her, too. This is how I described it last year on my blog:
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.
With the 2013 US Women’s Open at Sebonack almost upon us, NYC will seek to become the first player to successfully defend an LPGA Major since Yani Tseng won back to back Women’s British Opens in 2010 and 2011. Choi would also be the first player to win successive US Women’s Opens since Karrie Webb in 2000 and 2001.