Na Yeon Choi
Born: October 28, 1987
Height: 5 ft 5 in
Birthplace: South Korea
Turned Pro: 2004
Sponsors: SK Telecom, Titleist, Hazzy
As a 17-year old amateur, Choi defeated Korean legend Se Ri Pak to win the 2004 LPGA of Korea Tour title. Later that year, she turned professional.
Choi played solidly in Korea during her four year stint, winning a title every year between 2004 and 2007. At the end of 2007, she attempted to earn her tour card at LPGA qualifying school.
While she failed to secure full-time exempt status, Choi’s steady play during the 2008 season allowed her to play a full schedule. In fact, Choi carded 9 top tens during the year and finished in 11th place on the LPGA money list.
Choi kicked it into an even higher gear the following season winning the Samsung World Championship and the Hana Bank-KOLON Championship. She topped that effort by leading the money list in 2010 and securing the Vare Trophy awarded to the LPGA’s top scorer.
Choi won her first Major championship at the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open. Held in Kohler, Wisconsin at Blackwolf Run, Choi earned $585,000 in defeating Amy Yang, the only player within striking distance of her, by four strokes. A sizzling third round score of 65 allowed Choi to separate herself by six strokes from the rest of the field heading into Sunday’s final round.
After two winless seasons in 2013 and 2014, Choi returned to the winners circle by capturing the Coates Golf Championship in January 2015.
Off the golf course, Choi enjoys playing pool and watching volleyball.