2010 LPGA Season of Na Yeon Choi

2010 LPGA Season of Na Yeon Choi

Na Yeon Choi is a South Korean female golfer, plays at the LPGA and is a former major winner.

Choi started her career with the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour in 2004. 
From 2004 to 2007, she won numerous tournaments and achieved great success in South Korea and Choi tried her luck in LPGA, biggest female organization in golf, by playing LPGA qualifying tournament in 2007. She missed her full exempt tour card because top fifteen players were given LPGA tour card but still, she got conditional status because of her great performances in the past three years while playing KLPG.
On 8th August 2008 Na Yeon Choi made her LPGA debut in SBS Open at Turtle Bay, Hawaii and she finished T32 in her first tournament.
Na Yeon Choi had a brilliant rookie year as she played 27 tournaments, made cuts in all 27 and got two wins, one third, nine top tens to finish runner-up in Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award.
2010 was 60th season of LPGA and 27 tournaments were scheduled in this particular season and it was arguably Na Yeon Choi’s best golf season ever.
Na Yeon Choi’s 2010 Season:
1. Honda PTT LPGA Thailand:
Choi played her first tournament of 2010 in Thailand on 25th February and finished on T13.
2. HSBC Women's Champions:
Next tournament was again in Asia and at Singapore, Choi started round one on a plus score (73) but later got under-par scores in remaining three rounds with 69, 71, 70 to achieve her first top ten of the season, a T9 finish.
3. Kia Classic Presented by J Golf:
In Kia Classic, she started well by scoring 67 on round one but plus score in second (+3) and fourth-round (+1) decreased her overall score to -1 and got T14 in California.
4. Kraft Nabisco Championship:
Choi got plus scores in first-two rounds, followed by even-par scores in last two rounds which dented her rank as she got 293 (+3) and finished at T27 in the first major of 2010.
5. The Mojo 6:
This tournament was an unofficial event so, prize money earned in this event was not counted in LPGA money list. The inaugural edition of Mojo 6 was hosted by Cinnamon Hill Golf Course at Rose Hall in the Caribbean island of Jamaica. This was an invitational tournament with a raceway golf format and 16 players were invited to play this event including Choi, and in her first attempt, she finished fourth in Mojo 6.
6. Tres Marias Championship:
After spending few days in Caribbean Islands now, it was time for serious golf as LPGA returned on April 29 through Tres Marias Championship and Choi had fantastic tournament by scoring overall -13 and finishing fifth in Mexico. (Choi’s first top-five finish of 2010).
7. Bell Micro LPGA Classic:
This was a third successive event where Choi got top-five finish because, in Bell Micro Classics, she got eleven under 205 in three rounds to finish tied fourth.
8. Sybase Match Play Championship:
The Sybase Championship was the first match play tournament of 2010 LPGA season and Choi finished T33 after losing her opening game against Karine Icher.
9. HSBC Brazil Cup:
This was an exhibition tournament held in Brazil where, 27 players participated and for the first time after 9 tournaments, Choi didn’t take part in upcoming HSBC Brazil cup.
10. LPGA State Farm Classic:
In the State Farm Classics, Choi got her best finish of the year as she finished runner up with an overall score of twenty-one under 267 and only behind Cristie Kerr, who got twenty-two under 266 and Choi missed season’s first win by just one stroke.
11. ShopRite LPGA Classic:
In the three-round tournament, Choi started well by getting under-par scores in the first and second round but third-round plus score, brought her overall score to 213 and she finished T59, her first finish outside top fifty in 2010.
12. LPGA Championship Presented by Wegmans:
In the second major of the year, Choi got a cut after getting +1 and +2 in first-two rounds led her to miss the third round in LPGA Championship.
13. Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger:
In round one, Choi got an amazing score of 64 followed by 69, 68, 65 in last three rounds to the overall score of fourteen under 270 for first place so, Choi Na-Yeon finally won her first tournament of 2010 in Ohio.
14. U.S. Women's Open:
Choi again got a top-two finish as she finished second in the third major of the year at the US Open and one interesting thing about her performance was that in first-three rounds, she got plus scores of +4, +1, +1 but last round’s five-under 66, won her the runner-finish in US Open.
15. Evian Masters Presented by Société Générale:
This was third successive time Choi, achieved top-three finish and got a second-place finish in Evian Masters.
16. Ricoh Women's British Open:
In the fourth and final major of 2010, Choi got her second-best finish in a major, a tied 3rd and finished with a seven-under 281 in the prestigious British Open.
17. Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola:
In Safeway classics, Choi got her third-second place of the year and this was also her fifth consecutive top-three finish.
18. CN Canadian Women's Open:
Canada open is the national championship tournament managed by Golf Canada and in 2010, it was one of the richest tournament with prize money of 2.35 million.
Na Yeon Choi for the first time in five tournaments and 1.5 months, finished outside top ten in Canadian Open.
19. P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart:
In the month of September, only one LPGA tournament was played and in it, Choi played well by finishing at T9.
20. Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV:
Choi completed Navistar LPGA classics with a tied third and in this tournament, she also achieved her lowest round score of the year, 64 (-8) in round two at Alabama.
21. CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge:
The CVS/pharmacy was the second tournament where Choi didn’t participate and Spain’s rookie, Beatriz Recari won her first LPGA tournament here, in CVS/pharmacy challenge by scoring fourteen under 274 in the million-dollar event.
22. Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia:
Sime Darby tournament was the third and last event played in South East Asia for 2010 season after Thailand’s Honda PTT LPGA Thailand and Singapore’s HSBC Women's Champions.
After finishing in top 15 for eight events, this time Na Yeon Choi missed as she got T16 in this event because of a +3 score in round one.
23. LPGA Hana Bank Championship Presented by SK telecom:
The 23rd tournament was LPGA Hana Bank Championship and Choi was the defending champion of this event because she had won this event in 2009 and the South Korean lived up to the expectations as she became back to back champion at the Hana Bank Championship by winning in 2010 and her winning score in 2010 was 10 under 210 and coincidentally she got the same score in the previous year also when she won the event for the first time.
This was Choi’s second win of 2010 and Hana Bank championship was a memorable win for her because she won it in front of her home crowd in South Korea.
24. Mizuno Classic:
Mizuno Classics was the last east Asian event in 2010 LPGA calendar and Choi had a great tournament in Japan as she got 67, 70, 68 in Mizuna Classic and finished T5 in the three-round tournament.
25. Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge:
This was a unique tournament which ran from 1992 to 2013 and in it, group of three players from three tours – PGA, LPGA and Champions tour, participated in this event by forming three separate groups.
Na Yeon Choi was not selected in 2010 LPGA team of Wendy’s Tour Challenge so, she did not play this event.
26. Lorena Ochoa Invitational by Banamex and Corona Light:
Lorena Ochoa Invitational was a professional golf tournament which ran from 2008 to 2017. Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa was its host and the tournament was limited to 36 players and top five players in Rolex women’s world golf rankings were invited to play this event.
After the Mizuno open, Choi had become world no. 3 in world golf rankings and that’s why she was selected for Lorena Ochoa Invitational and from a total of 36 players, she finished T7 with a strong score of twelve under 276.
27. LPGA Tour Championship:
The LPGA Tour Championship was the last event in 2010 LPGA season, held in Florida.
Choi got an overall score of one-under-par 287 and finished tied fifth in her last event of 2010.

So, she finished first in money list rankings by earning $1,871,166 and also Choi was the leading scorer (Vare Trophy) after winning two events and getting four - second-place finish, two - third-place finish and total of 15 top ten from 23 events played, a remarkable year for Choi.

Complete result of Na Yeon Choi’s 2010 LPGA season:

No: Date: Tournament: Country: Position
1. February 18-21 Honda PTT LPGA Thailand Thailand T13
2. February 25-28 HSBC Women's Champions Singapore T9
3. March 25-28 KIA Classic Presented by J Golf. USA T14
4. April 1-4 Kraft Nabisco Championship USA T27
5. April 15 --16 The Mojo 6 Jamaica 4
6. April 29 - May 2 Tres Marias Championship Mexico 5
7. May 13-16  Bell Micro LPGA Classic USA T4
8. May 20-23 Sybase Match Play Championship USA T33
9. May 29-30 HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup Brazil DNP
10. June 10-14 LPGA State Farm Classic USA T2
11. June 18-20 ShopRite LPGA Classic USA T59
12. June 24-27 LPGA Championship USA CUT
13. July 1-4 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic USA 1
14. July 8-11 US Women's Open (Major) USA T2
15. July 22-25 Evian Masters France T2
16. July 29-August Women's British Open England T3
17. August 20-22 Safeway Classic USA T2
18. August 26-29 Canadian Women's Open Canada T11
19. September 10-12 Arkansas Championship USA T9
20. October 7-10 Navister LPGA Classic USA T3
21. October 14-17 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge USA DNP
22. October 22-24 Sime Darby LPGA Masters Malaysia T16
23. October 29-31 LPGA Hana Bank Championship South Korea 1
24. November 9 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge USA DNP
25. November 5-7 Mizuno Classic Japan T5
26. November 11-14 Lorena Ochoa Invitational Mexico T7
27. December LPGA  Tour Championship USA T5

-LPGA Tour


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