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K.J. Choi

  • Birthplace: Wando, South Korea
  • Residence: The Woodlands, TX
  • Birth Date: May 19, 1970
  • height: 5-8
  • Turned Pro: 1994

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PGA TOUR Victories

(7) 2002,Compaq Classic of New Orleans, Tampa Bay Classic presented by Buick. 2005,Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. 2006,Chrysler Championship. 2007,the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley, AT&T National. 2008,Sony Open in Hawaii.

International Victories

(6): 1996 Korean Open. 1999 Ube Kosan Open [Jpn], Kirin Open [Jpn], Kolon Korean Open. 2003 Linde German Masters [Eur], S.K. Telecom Open [Asia]. 2005 S.K. Telecom Open [Asia].

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$894,393 (74)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T3-- Northern Trust Open.

PGA TOUR Best Round

66 at Round 3, Mercedes-Benz Championship. 66 at Round 4, Sony Open in Hawaii. 66 at Round 1, Northern Trust Open. 66 at Round 2, Zurich Classic of New Orleans. 66 at Round 4, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

PGA TOUR Highlights

One of four players to record all four rounds in the 60s at the Northern Trust Open, finishing T3 and two strokes behind champion Phil Mickelson. It was his third top-10 finish at the tournament and second consecutive (T7-2008).

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Compaq Classic of New Orleans, Tampa Bay Classic presented by Buick, Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, Chrysler Championship, the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley, AT&T National, Sony Open in Hawaii.

2008 Season Highlights

At age 37, captured his seventh career victory (Sony Open in Hawaii) on his way to a 10th-place finish on the FedExCup points list. Ended the season with 16 made cuts in 21 appearances, and five top-10s...Survived blustery final-round conditions at Waialae and a spirited charge by Rory Sabbatini, closing with a 1-over 71 for a three-shot victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii. The wire-to-wire victory gave Choi a fourth straight year with a PGA TOUR win, joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh with active streaks that long...Opened with a 6-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Kevin Na after the first round of the Northern Trust Open. Finished T7. It was his best finish at Riviera CC since a T5 in 2003...Finished T5 at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Defeated Camilo Villegas (3 and 2), Ian Poulter (19 holes) and Paul Casey (2 up) before falling to eventual champion Tiger Woods, 3 and 2, in the quarterfinals...Didn't crack the top 10 until 14 tournaments later, finishing T5 at the BMW Championship and jumping into the top 10 on the FedExCup points list (No. 8)...Ended the season with a ninth-place finish at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola.

Career Highlights

2007: Had best season of career, with two victories, at the Memorial Tournament and AT&T National, a spot on the International Team for The Presidents Cup and a fifth-place finish in the FedExCup standings...Carded rounds of 69-70-67-65--271 in claiming his fifth career TOUR title at the Memorial Tournament...Final-round 65 tied the low final round for a winner at the Memorial. Managed to get up-and-down for par on the final three holes to solidify the win. Victory was special since he learned the game in native Korea by reading host Jack Nicklaus' instruction books...Five weeks after winning Nicklaus's Memorial Tournament, took the title at the inaugural AT&T National, with Tiger Woods as the host. Shot a final-round 68 for a 9-under 271 total to defeat Steve Stricker by three strokes and win for the sixth time, the most TOUR victories by an Asian-born player. Gave partial credit to improved putting to the use of a larger putting grip...Held a two-stroke lead through 36 holes at The Barclays and finished second, one stroke behind third-round leader Steve Stricker. It marked the first time in his career that he didn't win after leading a TOUR event through 36 holes (4-1). Moved over the $4-million mark in a single-season earnings for the first time in his career...Entered the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup finale with an outside chance to win the FedExCup, but fell short with a T21 finish at THE TOUR Championship. Ended the PGA TOUR Playoffs fifth in the FedExCup standings, earning a $1-million bonus...Went 1-3-0 in his second Presidents Cup. 2006: Made 22 cuts in 26 events played and collected four top-10s, including winning the last full-field event of the season (Chrysler Championship) which earned him a spot in THE TOUR Championship...A T7 at the PGA Championship was his first top-10 in a major since a T6 at the 2004 PGA Championship. It was his third career top-10 in a major in 23 starts...The 2002 champion held the 36- and 54-hole leads at the Chrysler Championship. He fired a final-round 67 to win by four strokes. Choi and Shigeki Maruyama are the only Asian-born players to win multiple events on TOUR...Earned a spot in the field at THE TOUR Championship for the fourth time in his seven-year TOUR career. 2005: Won for the third time with win at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, becoming the second Asian player to win in Greensboro (Shigeki Maruyama, 2003). It was his fourth consecutive top-10 at Forest Oaks CC. He became the ninth player in tournament history to record four rounds in the 60s and the first winner to do so since Scott Hoch in 2001...Selected to represent South Korea at the World Cup in Portugal...Also won the SK Telecom Open by five strokes on the Asian PGA in early May, an event he won in 2003. 2004: In second Masters appearance, finished solo third, three strokes behind champion Phil Mickelson. Had a 30 on the front nine in second round and 31 on the back nine in final round. Final round included an eagle on the par-4 11th hole...Earned second top-10 in a major with a T6 at the PGA Championship. One of only 10 players to record multiple top-10s in the majors in 2004. 2003: Finished in top 30 for second consecutive season on strength of six top-10s, including a runner-up in the season-opening Mercedes Championships. Fired course-record 11-under-par 62 in third round, and entered final round two strokes back of Ernie Els. Finished eight strokes back of Els after final-round even-par 73...Ran off five consecutive top-10s, including a win on the European Tour, beginning with a T4 at the Bell Canadian Open. Posted a final-round 67 to capture the Linde German Masters, his first career victory on the European Tour. The next week in United States recorded an 8-under-par 62 in the second round, good for T7 in San Antonio, and followed that with a T6 at the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship...Was chosen by Gary Player as a Captain's Pick for the 2003 Presidents Cup. 2002: Third season on TOUR proved to be the breakthrough as he was one of three first-time winners to win twice...Became the first South Korean winner in TOUR history, closing with 5-under-par 67 for a four-stroke victory in the Compaq Classic of New Orleans. Fourth Asian to win on the TOUR, joining Isao Aoki and Shigeki Maruyama of Japan and T.C. Chen of Taiwan. Donated 10 percent of his $810,000 check to underprivileged South Koreans back home and to the Christian church his family attends near Houston...Earned his second victory in wire-to-wire fashion in his 86th career start at the Tampa Bay Classic. Became the second Asian-born player to win multiple events on the TOUR, joining Shigeki Maruyama of Japan, who earlier in the year earned his second victory at the Verizon Byron Nelson Classic...On Sept. 23, a day after his win in Tampa, had an inflamed appendix removed in Houston. Began suffering stomach pain on the eve of the final round at Tampa Bay. 2001: Finished season inside Top 125 for first time in his career...Earned card for the season via the 2000 Qualifying Tournament for second consecutive season, finishing T31. 2000: Rookie on PGA TOUR after T35 finish at the 1999 Qualifying Tournament. Finished 134th on the money list and picked up his only top-10 with a T8 at the Air Canada Championship.


Interest in golf grew after one of his high school teachers recommended he try the sport. Began studying Jack Nicklaus lesson books and videos and spent long hours hitting practice balls on his island home's only practice range. Later studied under Phil Ritson...First Korean to earn PGA TOUR card...After his 2005 victory, donated $90,000 to the Korean Presbyterian Church in Greensboro that he has attended each year he played the tournament...He grew up the son of a rice farmer and as a teenage powerlifter earned the nickname "Tank" because he could squat 350 pounds although he weighed a mere 95. He didn't have the upper-body strength to pursue that sport, so he turned to golf at age 16.

National Teams

The Presidents Cup (2), 2003, 2007; World Cup (4), 1997, 2002, 2003, 2005.

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