“In my 16th season, I was thinking about retiring and finding another life.”
After winning the CME Group Tour Championship, the final event of the 2023 season on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, Hee-young Yang reflected on the difficult times that followed her best finish since her debut.
“I’ve had my ups and downs in golf, but I’ve never thought about retirement like I did this season,” Yang told the LPGA Tour following her victory at the tournament, which concluded on Tuesday (Aug. 20) in Naples, Florida.
“Recently, I was suffering from an elbow injury, and I thought, ‘I don’t have many days left to play,'” Yang said.
But with the help of her coaches and family, she changed her mind, and was rewarded by winning the final tournament of the season.
Born in 1989, Yang began playing golf at the age of 15 after her parents immigrated to Australia.
After winning various amateur and professional tournaments, she was touted as the “next Park Se Ri” with her athletic body and fluid swing.
Yang made her LPGA Tour debut in 2008, but it took her a long time to win her first title.
After winning the KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea in 2013, she went on to win the Honda LPGA Thailand three times.
Yang was labeled as a player who had won in South Korea and Thailand but not on the mainland United States.
Her main sponsor also dropped her after she failed to perform well after winning in Thailand in 2019.
That’s why Yang’s hat has a smile on it. 아톰카지노 도메인
“I didn’t get a main sponsor this year, but I didn’t want my hat to be blank, so I put a smile on it,” she said.
“Age is just a number,” said Yang, who won $2 million in prize money to help her through the tough times. Never give up, have a dream, and work hard,” she said, thanking her fans for their support.