This was the week that the KLPGA showed its stuff to international golf fans. The LPGA rolled into Inchon, Korea for its latest stop on the Far East Swing… and a tall, young, virtual unknown bested some of the finest players in the world, to bolt to her first big tournament win. Having just turned 19 on Wednesday, Kyu Jung Baek edged American Brittany Lincicome and close friend In Gee Chun on the first hole of sudden-death, with a birdie on the Par 5 18th hole.
Heading to the final nine in Malaysia, Pornanong Phatlum looked to be on her way to her first LPGA Title– and about to make history as the first winner from Thailand. But her three-shot lead evaporated on one hole … as she found the water with her tee shot on a Par 3, China’s Shanshan Feng was holing a 12-foot eagle putt one hole ahead. At that moment, the Tournament turned around completely. “Jenny” was en route to a back nine 30, and a final round 8-under par 63, to add The 5th ANNUAL SIME DARBY MALAYSIA to her victory column. Her 18- under par total gave her a 3-stroke win in the prestigious event.
Chella Choi and So Yeon Ryu both shot 67 on Day four, to tie for 3rd in the Tournament. Congrats to our beautiful South Korean girls, for continuing the string of high finishes by members of our TOP TEN HOTTESTASIAN GOLFERS. Chella made a 22-footer on the 72nd hole to vault into the tie; also, So Yeon made a late birdie and flashed a joyful smile — the announce team then proclaimed her “The Korean Angel” … and got it RIGHT !
So Yeon Ryu – Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
The LPGA Tour now heads to next week’s big HANABANK CHAMPIONSHIP in South Korea, with another $2 Million purse up for grabs… we’ll report all the action to you from Inchon!
Reader RaidarDan sends us another update regarding our favorite Hot Asian Golfers:
At the halfway point in Malaysia, our favorite cutie So Yeon Ryu sits atop the Leader Board at the SIME DARBY LPGA event, with a 131. The little sweetheart threw a 65 at the field on Day 2, to take a two-stroke lead with 36 holes remaining. Now #5 on our list of HOTTEST ASIAN GIRLS (yet rising steadily in our hearts), So Yeon took the outright lead at mid-round, flashing those sparkling eyes and her confident smile at the crowd.
So Yeon Ryu
We have more girls from our star-studded list closely behind the leader. Chella Choi & Jenny Shin now sit in a tie for 9th, at 135. Amy Yang, Mi Jung Hur, and Mirim Lee (last week’s winner) are in the top 25, and poised for “moving day”. The action heats up again this evening on Golf Channel. Be sure to tune in at 11:30pm EST, for coverage of third round action … but be warned, the announce team from “the UK” will have you in stitches …
Jenny Shin – Getty Images
EXTRA NOTE: We could be looking at a major shuffle in our TOP TEN in the next couple of weeks. The “Supermodel of the Fairways” is on an extended break from the Tour, and Michelle Wie is on injured reserve, with a nagging bad wrist. Our criteria demands that our girls be active on the tour to stay on our TOP TEN LIST, so stand by. ( And if you have a suggestion, NOW is the time to be heard ! What new Asian Stars belong in our stable ?!? TALK TO US ! )
It is no accident that the camera loves ‘Morning Drive’ host Lauren Thompson. All her charisma and great smile were probably cultivated earlier in her career, when she was a model (!) and TNA Wrestling backstage interviewer (!!!). Luckily, we have some picture of those good, (not so) old times, when she was a little more… out there.
RaiderDan sends another update about out favorite Asian Golfers:
Golf Channel announcers called her a new “Shooting Star” on the LPGA Tour; in this column a little over two weeks ago, we billed her as one of our “Up & Comers” … either way, MIRIM LEE staked her claim as a serious contender on the world golf scene, with a big win today in Beijing, China, capturing the REIGNWOOD LPGA CLASSIC. With a closing 69, she pulled away from Caroline Hedwall and the rest of the field, posting a 72-hole total of 277. The two-stroke victory was MIRIM’s second victory on the LPGA Tour, and got her a sweet $315K, to boot.
Three other stars from our current HOTTEST ASIAN GIRLS list finished in the top twenty. Chella Choi was 10th in the event, while M.J. Hur and Seo Yeon Ryu finished in a tie for 19th. MIRIM finished in true style, with a Sandy-Birdie on the 72nd hole. And, showing some of that real Asian class, it was our Chella who was there first, to douse the new Champion – with pure water, mind you!
The LPGA now moves to Kuala Lumpur for the SIME DARBY LPGA MALAYSIA event … the next leg of the Tour’s Far Eastern swing. More thrills to come !
More updates on our favorite Hot Asian Golfers (and a little bonus) by our loyal reader RaiderDan:
With our eagle eye on play at the 2nd Annual Reignwood LPGA Classic – we continue to apply due diligence in tracking more Asian Girls on our “TOP TEN RADAR”. With our girl Chella Choi hovering near the lead midway through the second round…. we’ll comment that Haeji Kang & Jenny Shin (both hailing from South Korea) are getting more than passing attention.
Haeji Kang – Getty Images
Tune in to see if we’re on the ball, making sure you review our criteria first – looks like these two not only can Play, they score high in all the other categories, too !
Jenny Shin – Getty Images
And, for sporting purposes only… take a look at this shot of Elena Robles, a contestant at The Big Break Invitational, earlier today… and you ask “IS SHE ASIAN..?” But we counter with “She doesn’t NEED to be …”
Hmmmm …. we’re thinking more TOP TEN lists may be in the OFFING ! Ha ! !