Why does US Women's Open contender Jeongeun6 Lee have a number in her name?

Why does US Women’s Open contender Jeongeun6 Lee have a number in her name?


You don't normally see a player with a number in the middle of their name on a golf leaderboard. Or anywhere for that matter. But there's a number in the middle of Jeongeun6 Lee's name, and she's right on the front page of the leaderboard at the 2017 US Women's Open.

So why does Jeongeun6 Lee have a six on the end of her first name? In her native Korea, on the Korean LPGA Tour, there are SIX players with her name. So, they all go by different numbers -- Jeongeun1, Jeongeun2, Jeongeun3, Jeongeun4, Jeongeun5 and Jeongeun6. The numbers are determined based on a player's age. The oldest Jeongeun is the first and so forth, meaning Jeongeun6 is the youngest on the tour.

Jeongeun6 is just 21 years old, and this, by far, is the biggest stage of her career. She's enjoying a great season on the KLPGA, winning once as part of 10 top-10 finishes in 14 starts.

Only Jeongeun1 (who goes by Jeongeun) Jeongeun6 made the US Women's Open field, and she's making the best of it. At 6-under 138 through two rounds, Jeongeun6 Lee is tied for second place and trails China's Shanshan Feng by two shots heading into the weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

Jeongeun6 already has a huge fan club called the "Lucky 6" in Korea, where women's golf is one of the nation's most popular pro sports tours to follow. That fan club will only grow in size if she manages to continue her incredible play through the weekend and take the biggest tournament in women's golf at the US Women's Open.

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