IMG has signed 22-year-old Korean golfer Jiwon Jeon (pictured above by Getty Images) to a worldwide management to represent all commercial activity.
Jeon, who recently turned professional after becoming the first Korean female amateur to gain an LPGA Tour card at the LPGA qualifying Q Series earlier this month, was the top ranked Korean golfer on the World Amateur Golf Rankings before turning professional, peaking at No.3.
Hailing from Korea, Jeon moved to Australia on a full scholarship to Hills International College at only 15 years of age before moving to Florida after high school, where she won five times including the junior college national championship as well as being named the 2017 NJCAA Player of the Year. She was recruited by the University of Alabama in 2017 joining the elite golf ream, winning on her second appearance and finishing as runner-up in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur.
Commenting on the announcement, Jiwon Jeon said: “I am extremely excited for the year ahead and I am pleased to know that I will have a company as established as IMG in my corner for my first year as a professional. My goal is to become a top player on the LPGA Tour and a global athlete and IMG has invaluable experience to help me achieve this, already representing some of the best golfers around the world. I am so proud to join their stable. I admire so many players that IMG represent that I can’t believe I will be on the same team as them.”
Jay Burton, Senior VP of Golf at IMG, added, “Jiwon has enjoyed an impressive amateur career and finished it off in incredible fashion at Q Series last month. She has all of the traits that we look for in an upcoming star – passion, maturity, independence, talent, and marketability. We look forward to helping her achieve her goals and help her to develop her career on and off the course.”