South Korean standout Na Yeon Choi (@nychoi87) managed to hold onto her third-round lead to capture her seventh-career LPGA victory at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders (@CMEGroupLPGA) at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla. Choi takes home the $500,000 first-place check after firing rounds of 67-68-69-70 to finish with a 14-under 274. Finishing two shots behind Choi is fellow Korean and Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year So Yeon Ryu.
The 25-year-old started her round with a double-bogey on the par-4 No. 3 but bounced back with an eagle two holes later, sinking a nine-foot eagle putt. She finished her round with three birdies and one bogey en route to her second title this season.
“Actually I was very nervous even last night. I told all the people, you know, leading tournament is always like extra pressure. I think that's why I had pressure from the last night even front nine today, but when I had double bogey.”
Choi admitted to preferring a chasing position than holding the lead and said it suits her game to be able to play more aggressive coming from behind.
“And when I chasing or tied first place with So Yeon, I mean, at that moment I felt more comfortable than leading,” said Choi. “Maybe it sounds a little weird, but I think I like chasing somebody and then I can play more aggressive and I think that's Na Yeon, I think that's me.”
Choi captured her first major title earlier this season at the U.S Women’s Open and pocketed the largest paycheck this season, which was $585,000. With the first-place prize this week being the second-largest, Choi surpassed Stacy Lewis for second on the season-ending money list at 1,981,834 and plans to end the year in a brand new house in Orlando.