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Monday, November 19, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 CME Group Titleholders

Winner: Na Yeon Choi

Around the wider world of golf: Adam Scott won the Talisker Masters (formerly the Australian Masters) on the Australasian Tour; Luke Donald won the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Tour; Miguel Angel Jimenez won the UBS Hong Kong Open on the Asian/European Tour; and Henrik Stenson won the SA Open Championship on the Sunshine/European Tour.

NYC kisses trophy

Alas, the LPGA season is officially over. The ladies who qualified for the CME Group Titleholders -- three players each from each official tournament of the season -- played some pretty spectacular golf over the last few days.

But in the end, as is usually the case, it isn't a round or two of spectacular play that gets the job done. Rather, it's a consistently good level of play.

Na Yeon Choi didn't post any course records. In fact, her scores got a little worse each day. She shot 67-68-69-70. But when your worse round is -2, you're not doing bad at all!

She began the day with a one-shot lead. After a rough start -- her front 9 had a double-bogey, a bogey, a birdie, and an eagle -- she did what she often does when she has a lead. She closed it out, shooting a bogey-free -2 on the final nine to win by 2.

NYC (aka "the Big Apple") got her first major this year at the U.S. Women's Open, which is generally considered the most important tournament on the Tour -- especially for the Asian players, since it was in that tournament where Se Ri Pak broke through. (It also has the biggest paycheck.) The Titleholders has the second largest check, so she racked up the two biggest events of the year. She had 3 other runner-up finishes as well, so this win was no fluke finish.

The Rolex Rankings are already posted for this week, and NYC moved up to the #2 spot, just over 2.5 points behind Yani Tseng. Remember earlier this year when we thought Yani was almost untouchable? Remember just recently when we figured it would be Stacy Lewis who caught her? I have a feeling it may be the Big Apple who takes a bite out of the rankings in the next few months!

In the end, Na Yeon didn't win any of the major awards of 2012... but I suspect a lot of LPGA players would have gladly taken her year instead of their own. So this week's Limerick Summary salutes the "big city girl" with the even-bigger game:
They're the biggest wins of her career.
Na Yeon Choi's made it perfectly clear
With her first U.S. Open
And now this, she's hoping
She'll conquer the Rolex next year.
The photo came from the wrap-up page for the tournament at lpga.com.

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