Teen Golfer Choi Hye-jin Inks Record Sponsorship Deal with Lotte

      August 29, 2017 09:52

      Choi Hye-jin talks to reporters after signing a sponsorship deal with Lotte in a hotel in Seoul on Monday. /Newsis

      Teen golfer Choi Hye-jin signed a two-year, W600-million-plus endorsement deal with Lotte on Monday. It is the biggest deal ever for a rookie, eclipsing the W500-million deal signed by Kim Hyo-joo in 2012 (US$1=W1,122).

      Choi has had an excellent run as an amateur this year, winning two KLPGA events and stunning the golfing world by finishing second at the U.S. Women's Open last month.

      Choi, who recently turned 18, will make her professional debut at the Hanwha Finance Classic on the KLPGA Tour in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, which kicks off on Thursday.

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