Updated: Jan, 2014
The Facts
Name: Shi Hyun Ahn
It's pronounced: Shee h'yun (not hye-un!) Ahhh-n
English Name: none
Birthday: September 15, 1984
Home City: Inch'on, South Korea
American Home City: Unknown
Rookie Year on LPGA: 2004
LPGA Wins: 1
LPGA Majors: 0 (Best finish: 2nd at 2004 LPGA Championship)
Rookie of the year finish: Won
by 164 points over Aree Song
Height: 5' 8" (another source says 5' 6")
Weight: Unknown
Family: Marco (Benjamin Lee) (husband); Grace (daughter)
Best score: 63 (several times)
Best Scoring Average for a year: 71.25 (2004)
Best Season money total: $628,804 (2004)
Best Season Money Position: 16th (2004)
Most Top Tens/season: 8 (2004)
2014 LPGA Status: On KLPGA
Post-season awards: 2004 Rookie of the Year
Strong Statistic: Putting
Nicknames: Cinderella (because of the way she joined the LPGA tour)
Other Sports: None known
Hobbies: Quilting
Sponsors: Unknown
Why is she a Seoul Sister: She's got the looks, talent, flair, and the Rookie of the Year Award!
How's her English?: Still learning, but improving
Best part of her game: Shi Hyun does not have any one aspect of her game that stands out; rather, she is very solid at everything. She is longer than you would think off the tee.
Needs to work on: Staying healthy. When she's healthy, she's solid.
Cool possible headlines: 'Ahn Fire', 'Ahn Her Way!'
 
 
Bio

Shi Hyun Ahn turned pro in 2002 and played mostly on the 'Dream Tour', the Korean equivalent of the Futures Tour. She ended up leading that tour at the end of the year, so in 2003 she qualified to play on the KLPGA tour full time.

She was in fourth place on the KLPGA money list and thus was invited to play the CJ 9 Bridges Classic, an LPGA event that takes place in Korea. She shocked almost everyone by not only winning that event, but by leading it from start to finish and beating Se Ri Pak when the two were paired together in the final group. Her win there was the first on the LPGA tour by a non-LPGA player in 8 years. She was also the sixth youngest to win on the tour in history, at just over 19 years of age, and the youngest international player to win in history.

The win earned her two years of status on the LPGA tour: non-exempt status in 2004 and exempt status in 2005. It also earned her a chance to compete in the Tournament of Champions in 2003, where the defending champion was once again Se Ri Pak.

Shi Hyun has become a big celebrity in Korea. Her fan club exploded from just 50 members before the 9 Bridges to over 6,000 just after it. She is frequently featured in newspaper articles, where she is invariably called 'Cinderella' Shi Hyun Ahn.

Shi Hyun's schedule was definitely accelerated in the wake of her winning the CJ 9 Bridges Classic. Originally, she had planned to hone her game in Korea for a few years, in the process learning a bit of English and preparing herself mentally for the Big Leagues in America. Now, suddenly, she found herself with just a few months to prepare for the LPGA tour. She made the most of this time, working intensely in order to make the biggest splash possible. And she did! In her first two events of 2004, she managed two top five finishes. Shortly thereafter, however, Aree Song, the player most people considered a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year, nearly won the Nabisco Championship, and it looked as though Shi Hyun might fade a bit (she missed the cut at that event).

But Ahn was far from done. At the year's second Major, she made an enormous run at Annika Sorenstam in the final round. Coming from a huge distance back, she came to as close as two shots out of the lead before Annika gathered herself and put it away. Still, Shi Hyun's second place finish was a great achievement, and put her back into the Rookie race.

Shi Hyun managed one more second place finish later in the year, and though she ran out of gas a little bit towards the very end of the year, her great play allowed her to capture the Rookie of the Year award from Song. She was the fourth Korean in seven years to be so honored.

2005 proved to be a bit of a down year after the high of 2004. However, she still managed six top tens and finished in the top 40 on the money list. In 2006, she rebounded nicely. In the early part of the season, she made herself a factor at several important tournaments, notably the LPGA Championship, where she had a chance to get into the playoff with Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak, but hit her approach on the final hole into the water. She also contended at the US Women's Open, and played well at the Wegman's LPGA, where she led after two rounds but faded. She struggled with back injuries, which forced her to miss a large chunk of the season.

Ahn had a decent 2007 season without too many injury issues, at least none that were publicized. She wound up finishing 27th on the money list, and played in both the Kyoraku and Lexus Cups at the end of the year. 2008, however, was her worst season since joining the LPGA; she only finished 55th on the money list. She seemed to be struggling with injuries much of the time. When she was healthy, she still played at her old level. Her best finish was a tie for 6th at the LPGA Championship. She did even worse in 2009, finishing 59th on the money list, with slightly more than $200,000 in earnings.

In 2010, her slide continued. She finished 61st that year on the money list, and had no top tens all year. However, she is still easily maintaining playing privileges on tour, despite her decreased earnings.

Shi Hyun made less than $65,000 on the LPGA tour in 2011 and saw her status fall to category 11 for 2012. She also played in Korea, and it was here that the most interesting development of the year happened. During her appearance at the KLPGA's Hanwha Classic in September, her group was followed by "Marco", a popular Korean television personality originally from South America. The gossip mills started buzzing, and soon afterwards, Marco revealed that he and Ahn had been dating for a year and were wildly in love. In November they were married, and have become quite an 'It' couple over there.

In late April, 2012, just six months after they wed, the couple announced the birth of their first daughter, Grace. Shi Hyun took the entire year off from golf to take care of her. She did not return to action until late in 2013, when she accepted a sponsor's exemption to play at the KLPGA's ADT-CAPS Championship. Amazingly, despite having not played in about two years, she carded a top ten finish. She decided to get back into golf seriously, and intends to play a full schedule on the KLPGA in 2014.

Meanwhile, her marriage hit some rough spots; the low point came when police were called to end a physical altercation at their house. There are rumors that Ahn has separated from her husband, but I have not been able to confirm this.