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Ruoning Yin

Ruoning Yin: Player Profile

 

Who is Ruoning Yin?

Ruoning Yin is one of the leading Chinese female golfers on the planet, having won a major title and been World No.1 by the age of 21.

She was born in Shanghai in 2001 and took up golf at an early age, before going on to win a large number of amateur titles. Yin won nine times as an amateur in 2019, having won a Bronze Medal at the Asian Games a year earlier as a 16-year-old.

Yin turned professional at the start of 2020 and immediately became a star on the China LPGA Tour. She won her first three tournaments – the Zhuhai Guowei Centre Plaza Hollywood Mansion Challenge, Moutai Golf Liquor Zhuhai Golden Gulf Challenge and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Orient Masters. In doing so, she broke two Guinness World Records.

Following her graduation from the LPGA Q-Series, she struggled slightly in her first season on the LPGA Tour in 2022. A year later, she grabbed her first LPGA Tour victory, winning the DIO Implant LA Open. In doing so she became just the second Chinese woman to win on the tour. Yin then claimed her first major title a couple of months later, winning the Women’s PGA Championship at Baltusrol. She then became the first Chinese woman to ever reach World No.1 in September of 2023.

Ruoning Yin | An Overview

Personal Information

Name: Ruoning Yin
Born: September 28, 2002
Nationality: China
Residence: Shanghai, China / Orlando, Florida, United States

Career

Turned Pro: 2020
Professional Wins: 5
Highest World Ranking: 1 – September 11, 2023

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
Chevron Championship – T23 (2024)
– Women’s PGA Championship – WON (2023)
– US Women’s Open – T20 (2023)
– Amundi Evian Championship – CUT (2023)
– AIG Women’s Open – T61 (2023)

Professional Wins – 5

2020 (3) – Zhuhai Guowei Centre Plaza Hollywood Mansion Challenge, Moutai Golf Liquor Zhuhai Golden Gulf Challenge, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Orient Masters
2023 (2) – DIO Implant LA Open, Women’s PGA Championship

Achievements and Awards

Asian Games Bronze Medal – 2018

Ruoning Yin | What’s In Her Bag?

Yin is a Callaway staff member, playing the Paradym Triple Diamond driver and fairway woods, along with a pair of Apex hybrids. She also uses X Forged CB irons along with Jaws Raw wedges. She plays a new Odyssey Ai-One 7 CH putter and the Callaway Chrome Soft X ball.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ruoning Yin

When and where was Ruoning Yin born?

Ruoning Yin was born on September 28, 2020 in Shanghai, China. She got into the game at the age of 10, with her dad having played throughout his life.

When did Ruoning Yin turn professional?

Yin turned professional in 2020 at the age of just 17, and immediately became a star on the China LPGA Tour, winning her first three tournaments.

How many LPGA Tour titles has Ruoning Yin won?

As of early 2024, Yin has won twice on the LPGA Tour. Her first victory came in April 2023 at the DIO Implant LA Open. 12 weeks later, she then secured a maiden major title, winning the Women’s PGA Championship at the age of 20.

Did you Know?

Trailblazing for China

With her victory at the Women’s PGA Championship, Yin became just the second Chinese female to win a major tournament. She followed in the footsteps of Shanshan Feng. Her earlier win at the DIO Implant LA Open also saw her become the second Chinese woman to win on the LPGA Tour after Feng. 

Guinness World Record Holder

Thanks to her lightning start as a professional golfer, Ruoning Yin is a holder of two Guinness World Records. She won on her first three starts on the China LPGA Tour, breaking the records for the most consecutive wins on the China LPGA Tour, and the most consecutive wins on the China LPGA Tour from her professional debut.

Attacking Dad at the Range

When Yin was four, she was with her parents at the driving range. While her dad was trying to teach her mum how to swing a club, four-year-old Yin was swinging a club herself and hit her father in the head. He required four stitches in his head from the contact.

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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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