November 07, 2016 11:03
Golfer Hong Jin-joo claimed her first title in 10 years on Sunday. She won the Fantom Classic on the KLPGA Tour in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province after three playoff rounds.
In 2006, just three years after her debut, Hong became one of the most talked-about of the new generation of players then emerging, clinching her first title at a KLPGA event and only a month later earning exempt status on the LPGA tour with a victory in the LPGA Kolon-Hana Bank Championship here.
She embarked on a career in the U.S. but success eluded her. Hong returned to Korea as a seeded player in 2009, before switching to the Japanese tour in 2013, but made little progress.
She married in 2010 and had a child in January, 2014. After childbirth, her return to golf was delayed by more than a year by a shoulder injury.
Hong's win is the second brilliant post-childbirth comeback the KLPGA has seen this year. In June, new mother Ahn Si-hyun won her first tour title in 12 years. The Fantom Classic victory earned Hong W120 million -- taking her to 27th on the tour money list -- as well as a seed for two years (US$1=W1,144).
"I think this victory is the result of the regular lifestyle and healthy diet I've adopted since having my son," she said in an interview.
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