ORLANDO, Fla. – Na Yeon Choi first heard LPGA fans cheering for her as “NYC” during the tournament in Corning, N.Y., two years ago.
She liked it.
Today, she displays those initials on her belt buckle and the sides of her shoes.
But when those same New York fans started calling her “The Big Apple,” the 23-year-old South Korean was perplexed.
“I didn’t know why they were calling me that,” Choi said. “I didn’t know what it meant.”
Lots of folks who don’t know Choi could get to know her in a big way come Sunday at the LPGA Tour Championship. The Rolex Player-of-the-Year award, the world No. 1 ranking, the LPGA money title and the Vare Trophy for low scoring average are all up for grabs this week. Choi’s the only player who can sweep all those honors.
Choi and Jiyai Shin are in the running to become the first South Koreans to be the LPGA’. Player of the Year.
“I’m trying not to put a lot of pressure on myself,” Choi said. “I’m trying not to make it feel more important than any other tournament, but it would be a dream come true.”
Choi made news Wednesday making a $30,000 donation to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. She said she made the donation as thanks for the opportunities the LPGA's presented her.