Born on the island, Wando, just off the coast of Korea, an island which didn't have a golf course when Choi was growing up. . . A son of a rice farmer, he never saw a golf club until he was 16 years old when on the advice of a high school athletics coach he took up the game at a local driving range. At that time, his main interest was weightlifting but the more he got involved in golf the more he realized how much it effected his golf swing so he gave up that sport. at 5-foot-8, Choi felt he could be a bit small for golf. But, when Ian Woosnam starting winning on the European Tour and the 1991 Masters, Choi realized he had the same shape as Woosnam and knew he could compete in Golf. . . Choi turned professional in 1994 and played in Korea, finishing first on that tour's Order of Merit in 1997. That got him a berth on the South Korean World Cup team that played at Kiawah Island and on his first trip to America Choi realized how much he loved not only this country but also the PGA Tour. The next couple of years Choi dabbled on the Korean, Japanese, European and Asian tours improving and winning multiple titles. . .With victories in the 1996 and '99 Korean Opens and two events in Japan in 1998, Choi had enough confidence and money to try the PGA Tour. In 1999, he finished T35th in Q-School and earned a tour card. Member of 2003 Presidents Cup team.
2003 Linde German Masters
2 - 2002 Compaq Classic of New Orleans, Tampa Bay Classic.
1996 Korean Open; 1999 Kirien Open, Ube Kosan Open (Japanese Tour), Korean Open, 2003 S.K. Telecom
had to return to the PGA Tour qualifying tournament were he finished T31st to regain his tour card for 2001
2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; rounds played - 89 ; in money -16; top-10 finishes - 1; money $305,745 (ranked 134th); best finish T8th at the Air Canada Championship
Scoring - 71.54 / (127th); driving distance - 274.9 / (73rd); driving accuracy -69.4% / (88th); GIR - 67.0% / (73rd); putting - 1.795 / (145th); birdie average - 3.40 per rd / (108th) / total birdies - 303; sand saves - 53.9% / (102nd); scrambling - 61.0% / (63rd); all-around rank - 900 / (127th).
started the season with 14 consecutive rounds at par or better.
2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; rounds played - 92 ; in money -19; top-10 finishes - 5; money $800,326 (ranked 65th); best finish T-4th at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic
Scoring - 70.62 / (46th); driving distance - 283.1 / (59th); driving accuracy -63.8% / (173rd); GIR - 65.9% / (100); putting - 1.765 / (74th); birdie average - 3.67 per rd / (81st) / total birdies - 338; sand saves - 50.7% / (116th); scrambling - 61.8% / (58th); all-around rank - 752 / (88th)
In his win at Tampa Bay had on fever on the final day, had an appendectomy the Monday afterwards. Had seven top-10 finishes and 35 of his 89 rounds were in the 60s.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; rounds played - 89 ; in money -19; top-10 finishes - 7; money $2,204,907 (ranked 17th); Winner at the COMPAQ Classic of New Orleans and Tampa Bay Classic
Scoring - 70.31 / (24th); driving distance - 283.1 / (62nd); driving accuracy -65.2% / (146th); GIR - 65.5% / (103rd); putting - 1.738 / (20th); birdie average - 3.93 per rd / (27th) / total birdies - 350; sand saves - 56.0% / (29th); all-around rank - 499 / (30th).
13 top-25 finishes.
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; Rounds Played - 106; in money - 25; top -10 Finishes - 6; money $1,999,663 Rank (30th); Best finish: T-2nd at the Mercedes Championships
Scoring - 70.35 / (34th); Driving Distance - 294.7 / (30th); Driving Accuracy - 61.8% / (153rd); GIR - 66.7% / (66th); Putting - 1.801 / (165th); Birdie Average - 3.57 per rd / (106th) / Total Birdies - 378; Sand Saves - 50.9% / (82nd); All-Around Rank - 749 / (98th).
Was among the leaders all week at the Memorial Tournament, and posted a final-round 72 to finish fifth
2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; Rounds Played - 82; in money - 19; top -10 Finishes - 7; money $2,077,775 Rank (26th); Best finish: 3rd at the Masters
Scoring - 70.54 / (36th); Driving Distance - 285.0 / (120th); Driving Accuracy - 61.2% / (146th); GIR - 65.9% / (76th); Putting - 1.770 / (77th); Birdie Average - 3.55 per rd / (90th) / Total Birdies - 291; Sand Saves - 45.8% / (142nd); All-Around Rank - 763 / (97th)
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