Choi wins Marathon after playoff
Chella Choi won the Marathon Classic following a one-hole playoff with Ha Na Jang on Sunday.
After levelling matters at 14 under each, the South Korean duo made their way back down the 18th for the first playoff hole.
Jang would bogey the par five while Choi had a tap in for par, which would hand Choi her maiden LPGA Tour win.
Choi’s father, Ji Leon, promised his daughter he would be her caddy until she earned her first win on tour. While she has notched up the all-important first win after seven years, Choi indicated she would still have to think about letting her father go.
“You know, first time win is hard,” the 24-year-old told ESPN.
“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.
“My father wants to retire because we promise, but I don’t know. We will talk later. I work with my father eight years, and somebody say like that’s why I don’t win, just for my caddie. So I’m so exciting with my father.”
Meanwhile, world number one Lydia Ko and Shanshan Feng would narrowly miss out on the playoff, finishing tied for third place on 13 under.
“I’m happy that I could give it a run for it to defend the title,” revealed Ko.
“Seeing how average my first-day score was, to be top-five or whatever, I think it’s a good finish for the week. I played really solid the front nine, and that’s all I could really do. I know it would have been great if I could continue that on the back nine, but it just wasn’t going.”
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