Choi rallies, wins South Korean tournament

Oct. 31, 2010 at 7:08 AM
| License Photo

INCHEON, South Korea, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Choi Na-yeon shot a 3-under-par 69 Sunday in coming from behind and defending her title at the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in South Korea.

Choi started Sunday one stroke behind Kim Song-hee but used a round with five birdies and two bogeys to pass Kim and collect her fourth LPGA title and $270,000. She had a 54-hole total of 10-under 206.

"I am really happy to defend my title this year," said Choi, who turned 23 Thursday. "There were a lot of expectations from the fans … in order to live up to those expectations, I had to let everything out on the course and concentrate on every shot. That paid off."

Vicky Hurst, who closed with a 2-under 70, was second at 8-under and won $166,643. Kim, who had five bogeys over her final 10 holes, sagged to a 1-over 73 and settled for third place and $120,888.

Choi, Hurst and Kim played together in Sunday's final group. Kim seemed in good position to win her first LPGA title when she opened a 2-stroke lead on Hurst and was three up on Choi.

But Choi had a birdie at the eighth hole and Kim a bogey at No. 9 that allowed Choi to get back within one. Choi had a birdie at 10 while Kim had a bogey and the lead switched hands. Birdies at 11 and 13 increased Choi's advantage.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Topics: Choi Na, Kim Song
Trending Stories