Jul 20

Choi Gets First Career Win in Toledo

Chella Choi Wins Marathon Classic

Chella ChoChella Choi had served notice that her moment was at hand. There was that 64 during the third round of the U.S. Women’s Open that included a championship-record 29 on the front nine.
On Sunday, Choi picked up her long-desired first career win at the Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I.
Chella ChoChoi, who will turn 25 next month, who was making her 157th career start in this her sixth LPGA season, parred the first extra hole to edge Ha Na Jang after the two finished regulation play at Highland Meadows Golf Club near Toledo at 14-under par 270 at 14-under par 270. Lydia Ko and Shanshan Feng finished one stroke out of the playoff.
Choi opened on Thursday with a 73 that put her well back in the back but closed with rounds of 66-65-66
Chella Choi“It’s amazing,” she said. “Like first win is really long time, seven years, so, so exciting and really, really happy. It’s dream come true. It’s exciting.”
Choi has come close in the past. She’s recorded three second-place finishes in her career, most recently in Australia in 2014. She also recorded runner-up finishes in 2012 and’13.
Any win would be special, particularly after seven years of trying, but Choi’s victory was particularly meaningful. Her father, a former police officer, has been on her bag throughout her career. The two had an agreement that he would continue to caddy for her until she won.
“I work with my father eight years, one year Symetra Tour and seven year LPGA Tour,” she said, “but my father want to retire like before seven years.
“I want work with my father first win, so I try, Okay, try one more tournament and one more tournament.”
Choi’s father will stay on the job for at least her next two starts; he already has his airline tickets.

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Rick Woelfel

Rick spent more than 15 years in broadcasting before going into print journalism; covering a wide variety of sports during his career but derives his greatest satisfaction from writing about golf and golf history.
He first covered the LPGA Tour in 1986 while still in broadcasting, and has been covering golf ever since, at both the amateur and professional levels.
Rick was a staff writer for Philadelphia Golfer from 1996-2003 and served as the associate editor of Philadelphia Golf Magazine and New Jersey State Golf from 2004-2007.
Since 2007 he has edited and published Women’s Golf Report, an e-zine devoted to women’s golf, while also writing for other golf outlets. He is also a correspondent for two Philadelphia-area daily newspapers and a contributor to Referee, a periodical devoted to sports officiating.