First-time win­ner

Chella Choi beats Ha Na Jang in a play­off to win LPGA event

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

Ji Leon Choi promised his daugh­ter he would cad­die for her un­til she won the LPGA Tour.

Chella Choi isn’t so sure she’s ready to break up the team af­ter win­ning the Marathon Clas­sic on Sun­day.

“My fa­ther wants to re­tire be­cause we prom­ise, but I don’t know,” Choi said. “We will talk later.”

The 24-year-old South Korean player broke through in her 157th start on the tour, beat­ing com­pa­triot Ha Na Jang with a birdie on the first hole of a play­off.

“You know, first time win is hard,” Choi said. “I can­not be­lieve it. Hope­fully, this is a turn­ing point for me. ... It’s been a long time, seven years. So, I was re­ally, re­ally ex­cited and happy.”

In the play­off on the par-5 18th, Choi chipped onto the green from 87 yards and two- putted from 25 yards for the par — hol­ing a 1-footer for the vic­tory. Jang bo­geyed the hole af­ter hit­ting ap­proach long into high rough.

Choi closed with a 5-un­der 66 to match Jang at 14-un­der 270. Jang, the leader af­ter each of the first three round, fin­ished with a 68.

Jang didn’t speak to the media af­ter the round.

Choi opened with a 73, then moved into con­tention with rounds of 66 and 65.

“I made just made one birdie on Thurs­day,” Choi said.

Her fa­ther was a po­lice of­fi­cer be­fore join­ing her on the course.

“I work with my fa­ther eight years and some­body say like that’s why I don’t win, just for my cad­die,” Choi said.

“So I’m so ex­cit­ing with my fa­ther.”

Choi earned $225,000. She will jump from 40th to 25th in the world rank­ing.

Sec­ond-ranked Ly­dia Ko, the win­ner last year, had a 67 to tie for sec­ond with Shan­shan Feng at 13 un­der. Fend also shot 67.

Top-ranked In­bee Park tied for eighth at 10 un­der af­ter a 70.

Hamil­ton’s Alena Sharp strug­gled in her fi­nal round.

She shot a 2-over 73 to fin­ish at 6-un­der. Sharp started the day tied for eighth but fin­ished tied for 22nd.


Chella Choi is show­ered with wa­ter by Mi Hyang Lee af­ter win­ning the Marathon Clas­sic golf tour­na­ment on the first play­off hole at High­land Mead­ows Golf Club in Syl­va­nia, Ohio, Sun­day.

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