Na Yeon Choi Wins 2015 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Na Yeon Choi (click to enlarge)

Well, that sure turned around quickly! Stacy Lewis, holding the 2015 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship lead at 13-under had just landed her 2nd shot on the par 3 17th to short birdie putt distance. The 2-time and defending NW Arkansas champion, not to mention graduate of the University of Arkansas, had the crowd ecstatic, raising the pig sooey Razorback chant as Stacy approached the 17th green. Momentum and fate seemed to be with the 2014 LPGA Triple Crown (POY, Money List, Scoring) winner. And then this happened.

Na Yeon Choi (click to enlarge)

And just like that Na Yeon Choi had leapfrogged Stacy into first place. Stacy still had her birdie putt to tie. She missed. A few minutes later, NYC would nearly hole out from the fairway on successive holes when she stuck her approach on 17. She did convert the easy birdie putt. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, Stacy went from up by 1 shot with a birdie putt for a 2 shot lead on 17 to trailing by 2 as she played 18. I’m not sure if she knew what she needed on the final hole. I can’t imagine that she did because instead of being aggressive, she laid up. Evenutally she would fall out of 2nd place with a bogey on 18. I am a big fan of Na Yeon Choi so I am happy that she won. However, I also like Stacy. More than that, I can’t remember a player that I’ve seen on the LPGA who gets close so often only to come up short the way Stacy does. To be sure, she’s won her fair share of events, but she could absolutely own the tour if she converted more of her opportunities. Instead, on this day Choi claims her 2nd LPGA title of 2015 and 9th overall. Speaking of 9th victories, it’s the 9th win for South Korea on the LPGA already this year. There were 10 Seoul Sister wins all of the 2014 LPGA season. Choi also matches the scoring record to par of 15-under, first set by Seon Hwa Lee in 2008. Na Yeon earned the aggregate scoring record of 198. All of this with new caddie Shane Comer. And when I say new, I don’t mean new simply for Na Yeon Choi. I mean new to caddying in a professional event. Way to start off the partnership and pro career!

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1 NA YEON CHOI (-15)

2 MIKA MIYAZATO (-13)

T3 STACY LEWIS (-12)

T3 ANNA NORDQVIST (-12)

Round
Pos Name 1 2 3 Today Total Strokes Purse
1 Na Yeon Choi 66 63 69 -2 -15 198 $300,000
2 Mika Miyazato 66 67 67 -4 -13 200 $184,703
T3 Azahara Munoz 65 70 66 -5 -12 201 $107,022
T3 Stacy Lewis 68 65 68 -3 -12 201 $107,022
T3 Anna Nordqvist 65 66 70 -1 -12 201 $107,022
T6 Lydia Ko 70 69 63 -8 -11 202 $58,483
T6 Paula Creamer 67 69 66 -5 -11 202 $58,483
T6 Minjee Lee 68 66 68 -3 -11 202 $58,483
T9 Cristie Kerr 69 68 66 -5 -10 203 $39,817
T9 Mariajo Uribe 66 69 68 -3 -10 203 $39,817
T9 Marina Alex 66 69 68 -3 -10 203 $39,817
T9 Amy Yang 65 68 70 -1 -10 203 $39,817
T13 Min Seo Kwak 68 70 66 -5 -9 204 $31,213
T13 Paula Reto 71 64 69 -2 -9 204 $31,213
T13 Austin Ernst 69 65 70 -1 -9 204 $31,213
T16 Pernilla Lindberg 69 71 65 -6 -8 205 $24,809
T16 Sei-Young Kim 72 68 65 -6 -8 205 $24,809
T16 Lizette Salas 65 74 66 -5 -8 205 $24,809
T16 Sandra Gal 67 72 66 -5 -8 205 $24,809
T16 Brittany Lincicome 65 68 72 +1 -8 205 $24,809
T16 M.J. Hur 63 68 74 +3 -8 205 $24,809
T22 Lexi Thompson 71 68 67 -4 -7 206 $19,358
T22 Eun-Hee Ji 69 69 68 -3 -7 206 $19,358
T22 Meena Lee 71 67 68 -3 -7 206 $19,358
T22 Suzann Pettersen 69 68 69 -2 -7 206 $19,358
T22 Q Baek 71 64 71 E -7 206 $19,358
T22 Alison Lee 70 65 71 E -7 206 $19,358
T22 Angela Stanford 68 66 72 +1 -7 206 $19,358
T29 Haeji Kang 71 69 67 -4 -6 207 $14,677
T29 Amelia Lewis 70 70 67 -4 -6 207 $14,677
T29 Xiyu Lin 70 69 68 -3 -6 207 $14,677
T29 Gaby Lopez 73 65 69 -2 -6 207
T29 So Yeon Ryu 73 65 69 -2 -6 207 $14,677
T29 Jenny Shin 68 68 71 E -6 207 $14,677
T29 Jee Young Lee 68 67 72 +1 -6 207 $14,677
T29 Chie Arimura 67 67 73 +2 -6 207 $14,677
T37 Wei-Ling Hsu 70 69 69 -2 -5 208 $11,225
T37 Tiffany Joh 70 69 69 -2 -5 208 $11,225
T37 Hee Young Park 73 66 69 -2 -5 208 $11,225
T37 Sakura Yokomine 69 69 70 -1 -5 208 $11,225
T37 Julieta Granada 68 68 72 +1 -5 208 $11,225
T37 Mo Martin 69 66 73 +2 -5 208 $11,225
T43 Jacqui Concolino 67 73 69 -2 -4 209 $8,326
T43 Beatriz Recari 70 70 69 -2 -4 209 $8,326
T43 Karlin Beck 70 70 69 -2 -4 209 $8,326
T43 Cydney Clanton 74 66 69 -2 -4 209 $8,326
T43 Karine Icher 69 70 70 -1 -4 209 $8,326
T43 Min Lee 69 70 70 -1 -4 209 $8,326
T43 Mirim Lee 66 72 71 E -4 209 $8,326
T43 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 69 68 72 +1 -4 209 $8,326
T43 Haru Nomura 69 68 72 +1 -4 209 $8,326
T52 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 69 71 70 -1 -3 210 $6,168
T52 Jane Park 73 67 70 -1 -3 210 $6,168
T52 Sandra Changkija 68 71 71 E -3 210 $6,168
T52 Caroline Hedwall 70 69 71 E -3 210 $6,168
T52 P.K. Kongkraphan 71 68 71 E -3 210 $6,168
T52 Karrie Webb 69 69 72 +1 -3 210 $6,168
T52 Gerina Piller 66 70 74 +3 -3 210 $6,168
T52 Kelly Shon 68 68 74 +3 -3 210 $6,168
T60 Candie Kung 72 68 71 E -2 211 $5,031
T60 Christina Kim 70 69 72 +1 -2 211 $5,031
T60 Katherine Kirk 67 70 74 +3 -2 211 $5,031
T60 Ashleigh Simon 68 69 74 +3 -2 211 $5,031
T64 Katie Burnett 69 71 72 +1 -1 212 $4,449
T64 Ilhee Lee 70 70 72 +1 -1 212 $4,449
T64 Lee-Anne Pace 72 68 72 +1 -1 212 $4,449
T64 Thidapa Suwannapura 69 70 73 +2 -1 212 $4,449
T64 Ji Young Oh 70 69 73 +2 -1 212 $4,449
T64 Jessica Korda 70 69 73 +2 -1 212 $4,449
T64 Cheyenne Woods 70 69 73 +2 -1 212 $4,449
71 Danielle Kang 69 71 73 +2 E 213 $4,045
72 Joanna Klatten 68 71 76 +5 +2 215 $3,995
73 Laetitia Beck 70 70 77 +6 +4 217 $3,943
74 Jennifer Johnson 67 68 83 +12 +5 218 $3,893
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