Choi learns to fly solo
Thursday, November 19, 2009
RICHMOND, Texas – Just call Na Yeon Choi Miss Independent. When she buys her souped-up Hyundai Genesis next week in Orlando, Fla. – “You know, bling bling” – perhaps Kelly Clarkson will blare out of her speakers.
Choi, 22, is basking in the success of a two-win season. A season in which she changed caddies, bought into Vision 54 and told her parents to go home to Korea.
“I run everything,” said Choi, who told has been traveling on her own since May. “No longer a child.”
Choi said she felt tremendous pressure down the stretch during her first victory at the Samsung World Championship. The next month in her native Korea, however, she was composed on Sunday. With mom and dad on hand to celebrate her second victory, Choi cried on the 18th green. The pressure she felt from Korean media and family had finally subsided.
Choi started working with Kevin Smeltz at the David Leadbetter Academy at ChampionsGate after her Samsung victory. She also bought a house there and plans to spend the offseason working in the Florida sun.
Her parents thought about making the trip to Houston.
“After two wins, they stay in Korea,” Choi said with a laugh.