Still, she wasn't sure she wanted to play on the
LPGA. She had earlier planned to play on the JLPGA in 2007, so she
could live with her mother in Japan. But her mom convinced her that
the LPGA was too good an opportunity to pass up.
Jin Joo did not have a very strong 2007 rookie season
on the LPGA, alas, although she still managed a top ten at the end
of the year at the Tournament of Champions, and easily made enough
money to maintain her exempt status for 2008.
In 2008, her results were distinctly better; she
finished just outside the top 50 on the money list, and earned more
than $300,000. But in 2009, she only made about $70,000, and was
not able to maintain top status on tour. As a result, she played
most of her 2010 season in Korea. She had a decent year on the KLPGA,
finishing 15th on the money list with seven top tens.
On Christmas Day 2010, Hong got married. Several
months later, she was back in action on the KLPGA tour as a full
time member. It was not a great year for her, however. She only
managed to finish 60th on the money list, with her best finish a
She had a better 2012 season, finishing 41st on
the money list. She had two top fives, including a fourth at the
LIG Classic in August, and made about 85 million won. In 2013, she
only played one event on the KLPGA, the Saint Nine Masters, finishing
12th. She has not played any KLPGA golf since and may have retired.