When Eun-Hee Ji converted a 20-foot putt on the 72nd hole at Saucon Valley Country Club nine years ago, it was a career-altering moment.
When Ji aced the 14th hole at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif., on Sunday en route to winning the Kia Classic by two strokes, the 31-year-old from the Republic of Korea continued her career makeover.
Ji’s victory drought between the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open and the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship last October spanned eight years. She only needed six additional starts to post her second victory in the last five months.
She accomplished the feat in style, using a 7-iron to ace the 156-yard 14th hole to fend off 2007 U.S. Women’s Open champion Cristie Kerr, and Lizette Salas. Before the hole-in-one, Ji had seen her final-round lead cut from four strokes to one.
“I hit it pretty well today,” said Ji, who now owns four LPGA Tour victories and eight professional wins. “I am driving the ball really nice. I holed nice putts.”