Park Sung-hyun wins LPGA Rookie of the Year award

South Korea’s Park Sung-hyun has clinched the 2017 Rookie of the Year award with five events remaining, it was announced on Thursday.

Park, the current world number two, won the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open Championship for her first LPGA and major victory in July before adding the Canadian Women’s Open a month later.

Aside from her two wins, Park has six other top-10 finishes, and currently leads the tour in earnings with more than $2 million in her first season.

The 24-year old holds a 798-point lead over American Angel Yin, which means with 150 points available for a win, Park is certain of winning the title as Yin only plans to play in four more events.

“I am honored to receive this award which was one of my goals from the beginning of the season,” Park said. “This is really special because you only get one chance in a lifetime. Taking this opportunity, I want to be a better player.”

Park is currently in Taiwan ahead of this weekend’s Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship.

She is part of a strong field that includes former US Women’s Open Champion Michelle Wie, Canada’s Brooke Henderson, plus current and former world number ones Ryu So-yeon, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn.

Park joined the Korean LPGA Tour in 2012 at the age of 19, winning her first title in 2015. She went on to win nine more before joining the LPGA Tour in 2017.

She will receive the Rookie of the Year award at the 2017 Rolex LPGA Awards ceremony next month at the season ending CME Group Tour Championship.

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