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K.J. Choi

  • Birthplace: Wando, Korea
  • Residence: Woodlands, Texas
  • Age: 37
  • Turned Pro: 1994
  • Eligibility Code: 6, 10

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Player Notes

Born on the island, Wando, just off the coast of Korea, an island which did not 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 affected his golf swing so he gave up that sport. . .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 T35 in Q-School and earned a tour card. Member of 2003 and '07 Presidents Cup Team.

Career Victories

European Tour
2003 Linde German Masters

PGA Tour
7 - 2002 Compaq Classic of New Orleans, Tampa Bay Classic, 2005 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, 2006 Chrysler Championship, 2007 Memorial, 2007 AT&T National, 2008 Sony Open in Hawaii

Other
1996 Korean Open; 1999 Kirien Open, Ube Kosan Open (Japanese Tour), Korean Open, 2003 Linde German Masters, S.K. Telecom Open, 2005 S.K. Telecom Open

Career Summary

2000 Notes
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.

2000 Stats
scoring average - 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).

2001 Notes
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 -T4th at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.

2001 Stats
scoring average - 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).

2002 Notes
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.

2002 Stats
scoring average - 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).

2003 Notes
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; (ranked 30th); best finish - T2nd at the Mercedes Championships.

2003 Stats
scoring average - 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).

2004 Notes
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; (ranked 26th); best finish - 3rd at the Masters.

2004 Stats
scoring average - 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).

2005 Notes
Seven Top-25 finishes.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; rounds played - 73; in money - 135; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $1,765,374; (ranked 40th); best finish - Win at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.

2005 Stats
scoring average - 70.44 / (34th); driving distance - 288.8 / (98th); driving accuracy - 65.0% / (67th); GIR - 64.2% / (123rd); putting - 1.781 / (105th); birdie average - 3.48 per rd / (109th) / total birdies - 254; sand saves - 52.9% / (54th); all-around rank - 698 / (65th).

2006 Notes
His four PGA Tour wins is the most by an Asian-born player.

2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; rounds played - 92; in money - 22; Top-10 finishes - 4; money - $2,376,548; (ranked 27th); best finish - Win at the Chrysler Championship.

2006 Stats
scoring average - 70.21 / (17th); driving distance - 287.0 / (112th); driving accuracy - 65.0% / (70th); GIR - 68.1% / (23rd); putting - 1.792 / (132nd); birdie average - 3.47 per rd / (109th) / total birdies - 319; sand saves - 56.4% / (21st); all-around rank - 616 / (48th).

2007 Notes
Had best season of career, with two wins, at the Memorial Tournament and AT&T National, a spot on The Presidents Cup Team and a fifth-place finish in the FedEx Cup standings.

2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; rounds played - 85; in money - 20; Top-10 Finishes - 7; money - $4,587,859; (ranked 5th); best finish - Winner at the Memorial Tournament & AT&T National

2007 Stats
scoring average - 69.61 / (9th); driving distance - 284.1 / (144th); driving accuracy - 64.7% / (79th); GIR - 65.2% / (74th); putting - 1.778 / (66th); birdie average - 3.55 per rd / (53rd) / total birdies - 302; sand saves - 58.3% / (10th); all-around rank - 560 / (32nd).

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