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Hee-kyung Seo (Korean: 서희경, born 8 July 1986), also known as Seo Hee-kyung, is a former South Korean female professional golfer playing on the LPGA Tour and on LPGA of Korea Tour. She won the LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year award in 2011.

Hee-kyung Seo
서희경
2010 Women's British Open – Hee Kyung Seo (6).jpg
Personal information
Full nameHee-Kyung Seo
NicknameSupermodel of the Fairways
Born (1986-07-08) 8 July 1986 (age 32)
South Korea
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Nationality South Korea
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, U.S.
SpouseJung-hyun Kook
Career
Turned professional2006
Retired2015
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 2011)
LPGA of Korea (joined 2006)
Professional wins12
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour1
Ladies European Tour1
LPGA of Korea Tour11
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationT4: 2012
Women's PGA C'shipT34: 2011
U.S. Women's Open2nd: 2011
Women's British OpenT5: 2010
Evian ChampionshipT64: 2013
Achievements and awards
LPGA of Korea Tour
leading money winner
2009
LPGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2011
Hee-kyung Seo
Hangul
서희경
Revised RomanizationSeo Hui-Kyeong
McCune–ReischauerSŏ Hŭi-gyŏng

After winning three LPGA of Korea Tour major championships in 2009, Seo notched her first LPGA Tour triumph at the 2010 Kia Classic where she finished six shots ahead of Inbee Park.[1]

Seo had a close call in the 2011 U.S. Women's Open when she led by two shots with two holes to play, but she missed a 4 footer for par on the 71st hole, while So Yeon Ryu birdied the 72nd hole, resulting in a playoff, which Ryu went on to win.

Seo also came close at the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she led by three strokes at one point, but bogeys on the last four holes would result in her finishing two strokes back of winner Sun Young Yoo.

On 30 November 2013, she married Junghoon Philip Kook (born 1979), an investment banker based in Seoul, and gave a birth to their son, Dohyun Philip Kook on 15 August 2014, on the Independence Day of Korea. Seo officially retired from professional golf in November 2015 to spend more time with her family.[2]

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Professional winsEdit

LPGA Tour (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 28 Mar 2010 Kia Classic −12 (70-67-69-70=276) 6 strokes   Inbee Park

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2011 U.S. Women's Open   So Yeon Ryu Lost three hole aggregate playoff:
Ryu: 3-4-3=10 (−2), Seo: 3-6-4=13 (+1)
2 2012 Women's Australian Open   Julieta Granada
  Jessica Korda
  Stacy Lewis
  Brittany Lincicome
  So Yeon Ryu
Korda won with birdie on second extra hole
3 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic   Chella Choi
  Brittany Lang
  Inbee Park
Lang won with birdie on third extra hole
Park eliminated with birdie on second hole
Choi eliminated with birdie on first hole
4 2013 LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship   Amy Yang Lost to birdie on first extra hole

KLPGA Tour (11)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 30 Aug 2008 High1 Cup SBS Charity Ladies Open −8 (68-68-72=208) 2 strokes   Inbee Park
2 7 Sep 2008 KB Star Tour 3rd Tournament at Cheongwon −7 (68-69-72=207) 1 stroke   Ha-Neul Kim
  Hye-Youn Kim
3 13 Sep 2008 Binhai Open −9 (70-66-71=207) 5 strokes   Taoli Yang
  Danielle Montgomery
4 12 Oct 2008 Gabia-Interburgo Masters −11 (70-69-69=208) 3 strokes   Ha-Neul Kim
  He-Yong Choi
  Hyun-Ji Kim
5 16 Nov 2008 Saint Four Ladies Masters in Jeju^ −14 (69-67-66=202) 2 strokes   Sun Ju Ahn
6 23 Nov 2008 ADT CAPS Championship −2 (78-72-64=214) 3 strokes   Ae-Ree Pyun
  Hye-Jung Kim
7 17 Apr 2009 MBC Tour Lotte Mart Ladies Open −6 (71-72-67=210) 1 stroke   Sun Ju Ahn,
  Ilhee Lee
8 3 May 2009 Taeyoung Cup Korea Women's Open −9 (70-71-66=207) 1 stroke   Bo Kyung Kim
9 18 Oct 2009 Hite Cup Championship −9 (72-71-68-68=279) 5 strokes   Na Yeon Choi
10 25 Oct 2009 KB Star Tour Grand Final at Incheon −16 (69-66-68-69=272) 1 stroke   Jang Ha-na (amateur)
11 22 Nov 2009 ADT CAPS Championship −6 (73-71-66=210) 3 strokes   Jeong-Eun Lee

Tournaments in bold denotes major championships on KLPGA Tour.
^ Co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour

Results in LPGA majorsEdit

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
ANA Inspiration DNP T21 T33 T4 T13 CUT DNP
Women's PGA Championship DNP DNP T34 CUT CUT DNP T41
U.S. Women's Open T48 T62 2 T18 T25 DNP DNP
Women's British Open DNP T5 T22 T26 T25 DNP DNP
The Evian Championship ^ T64 DNP DNP

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 0 0 0 1 1 3 5 4
Women's PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
U.S. Women's Open 0 1 0 1 1 3 5 5
Women's British Open 0 0 0 1 1 3 4 4
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 0 1 0 3 3 9 19 16
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (2009 U.S. Open – 2012 Kraft Nabisco)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)

LPGA Tour career summaryEdit

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings ($) Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2006 1 1 0 0 0 0 16 17,680 n/a 72.00 n/a
2008 1 1 0 0 0 0 17 19,920 n/a 72.00 n/a
2009 5 4 0 0 0 0 15 73,659 n/a 73.31 n/a
2010[3] 6 6 1 0 0 2 1 369,089 n/a 72.96 n/a
2011 21 18 0 1 0 3 2 619,429 21 71.78 21
2012 25 21 0 2 0 8 T2 600,403 22 71.57 25
2013 22 18 0 1 0 3 2 446,373 33 71.74 38
2014 7 4 0 0 0 0 T29 30,315 128 73.43 n/a
2015 7 5 0 0 0 0 T41 34,050 123 73.64 n/a
  • Seo was not a member of the LPGA Tour prior to 2011. Earnings and records for those years are not official.
  • official as of the 2015 season[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Seo Hee-kyung Coasts to Kia Classic Title
  2. ^ "2011 LPGA Rookie of the Year retires". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Hee Kyung Seo 2010 Record". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Hee Kyung Seo Stats". LPGA. Retrieved 25 November 2015.

External linksEdit