Hye-Jin Choi completed second in the USA Ladies’s Open over the weekend. It was a star-making efficiency for a 17-yr-previous and appeared to be properly-timed, financially. The occasion had the most important prize cash in ladies’s golf historical past, and second place was value $540,000.
However Choi will not get a penny. As an novice, she is ineligible to gather prize cash. If she was tempted to all of the sudden flip professional to get the verify, it might not have labored. As soon as she hit her first shot, she couldn’t be paid, even when she had gained.
Choi, who’s from South Korea, certified for the occasion in a event in South Korea, and went on to complete two strokes off the lead of Sung Hyun Park on the Trump Nationwide Golf Membership on Sunday in Bedminster, N.J.
The times when amateurs like Bobby Jones regularly positioned excessive in main occasions is lengthy gone, though a future star breaks by means of from time to time.
Catherine Lacoste, of the household recognized for alligator shirts and tennis, was the newest newbie winner of the Open, in 1967.
Lydia Ko, who was additionally born in South Korea, gained the Canadian Ladies’s Open at 15 in 2012 and repeated the subsequent yr. On the lads’s aspect, Phil Mickelson is the final newbie to win a Tour occasion, in 1991 in Tucson. Neither suffered inordinately from skipping a payday. Ko has gained $7 million on tour and Mickelson greater than $eighty million.