The LPGA Marathon Classic, held over the weekend of the 16th to 19th of July once again proved that Korea is quickly becoming a force in women’s golf with yet another winner coming from the Asian country.
With a prize fund of $1.5 million, the growth of the ladies game is fast and the sponsors are now realising the popularity.
But Choi came screaming back into contention with rounds of 66, 65 and 66 to claim her first tour title, after a one hole playoff win over compatriot Ha Na Jang.
Ha Na Jang
The playoff saw the ladies head back down the 18th fairway and after finding long rough Jang could only make a bogey on the hole, giving Choi a two putt to take the title.
The pair had held off world number 2 Lydia Ko who required a birdie on the last to tie and be part of the playoff. After a solid 3 wood from the tee Ko saw her hopes dashed with a mishit second shot. However Ko managed to claw back some points on Inbee Park, in the battle for number one spot after Park tied for 8th.
Choi also climbed in the rankings from 40th to 25th in the rankings which I am sure will mean asking her father to continue on her bag, even though he said he would only caddy for her until she won her first tournament.
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