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Amy Yang

Who is Amy Yang?

She’s one of the most recent major champions, but who is South Korea’s Amy Yang? Find out more with our player profile here…

 

Amy Yang is one of South Korea’s finest golfers, with a major championship and six LPGA Tour titles to her name.

Yang was born in July 1989 in Inson, South Korea, and began playing the sport at the age of 10. She, along with her family, moved to the Gold Coast of Australia a few years later to provide Yang with more opportunities to play. It worked, as she soon became a winner in the professional game. She did so despite being an amateur, winning the ANZ Ladies Open as a 16-year-old.

Yang became a record-breaker on the Ladies European Tour with the win, taking victory at 16 years and 192 days. She has since gone on to win on the LPGA Tour of Korea and the LPGA Tour, winning six times on the latter. Those have included a hat-trick of victories at the Honda LPGA Thailand, along with a win at the CME Globe Tour Championship.

The South Korean’s biggest victory came in her 75th major start. She was a runaway winner at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2024 to claim her maiden major title. She had previously earned 12 top-5 finishes in majors. Yang also represented her country at the Olympics in 2016, narrowly missing out on a medal. 

Amy Yang | Player Profile

Personal Information

Name: Yang Hee-Young
Born: July 28, 1989
Nationality: South Korea
Residence: Orlando, Florida, United States

Career

Turned Pro: 2006
Professional Wins: 10
Highest World Ranking: 6 – February 29, 2016

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
Chevron Championship – T4 (2012, 2023)
– Women’s PGA Championship – WON (2024)
US Women’s Open – 2nd (2012, 2015)
Amundi Evian Championship – T8 (2015)
– AIG Women’s Open – 4th/T4 (2011, 2023)

Professional Wins – 10

2006 (1) – ANZ Ladies Masters
2008 (2) – Ladies German Open, Scandinavian TPC hosted by Annika
2011 (1) – KB Star Championship
2013 (1) – LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship
2015 (1) – Honda LPGA Thailand
2017 (1) – Honda LPGA Thailand
2019 (1) – Honda LPGA Thailand
2023 (1) – CME Globe Tour Championship
2024 (1) – KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Achievements and Awards

Race to CME Globe – 2023

Amy Yang | What’s In Her Bag?

Yang plays with a variety of brands in her golf bag. The South Korean plays a Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond driver, along with a PING G430 max fairway wood at the top of her bag. A PING G430 and KBS Tour Prototype hybrid are joined by Srixon ZX5 MkII irons. Callaway Jaws wedges and an Odyssey Ai-One putter complete the South Korean’s bag.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Amy Yang

When and where was Amy Yang born?

Amy Yang was born in Ilsan in the Gyeonggi-do province of South Korea in July 1989. She took up the game at the age of 10, and it wouldn’t take long for her to start making waves in the sport. 

When did Amy Yang turn professional?

Amy Yang turned professional in 2006 after winning on the Ladies European Tour as an amateur. She spent time on both the LET, and LPGA Tour of Korea before graduating to the LPGA Tour for the 2009 season.

How many LPGA Tour titles has Amy Yang won?

As of June 2024, Amy Yang is a six-time winner on the LPGA Tour. The biggest of those came most recently, as she claimed the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – her maiden major title – in 2024. She is also a CME Tour Group Championship winner and a three-time victor at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Did you Know?

LET Record Breaker

With her victory at the 2006 ANZ Ladies Masters, Yang became the youngest ever winner on the Ladies European Tour. Her victory came at 16 years and 192 days, and she held the record for more than a decade until Atthaya Thitikul was victorious at just 14!

75 Majors In…

Yang has been a consistent performer in major championships for the last two decades. However, it took her 75 starts for her to secure her maiden major victory. She has 12 top-5 finishes and 21 top-10s in majors before her victory at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2024.

Korean Olympian

Yang represented South Korea when the sport returned to the Olympic Games in 2016. She narrowly missed out on a medal by finishing in a tie for 4th in Rio de Janeiro.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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