(5): 2004 Sun Chlorella Classic [Jpn], Asahi-Ryokuken Yomiuri Memorial [Jpn]. 2005 Coca-Cola Tokai Classic [Jpn]. 2006 Suntory Open [Jpn], Korea Open [Kor].
2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position
2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes
The Honda Classic. 5--
Buick Open. T8--
RBC Canadian Open.
PGA TOUR Best Round
65 at Round 2, The Honda Classic.
65 at Round 1, Travelers Championship.
65 at Round 1, Buick Open.
PGA TOUR Highlights
Shot a final-round, 2-under-par 68 to win The Honda Classic by one stroke over John Rollins for his first PGA TOUR victory. Took command with three straight birdies on the front nine. Came to the par-5 finishing hole with a one-stroke lead after a bogey on the 17th. He two-putted for par from 50 feet to seal the win at 9-under 271. The victory qualified him for the following week's World Golf Championships-CA Championship at Doral and the 2009 Masters Tournament...Bogey-free 67 in final round of the Buick Open earned a fifth-place finish, his best since a victory earlier in the year.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
The Honda Classic.
2008 Season Highlights
Recorded his first career PGA TOUR top-10 finish with a T9 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Started going to a local driving range in Korea at age 19 on a friend's advice...Spent required time in the South Korean military beginning at age 21. Guarded Naval port...Traveled to New Zealand after his military stay to pursue a golf career.
Made 17 cuts in 23 starts on the PGA TOUR in 2008, his second year on TOUR. His best finish was a T9 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Earned full exemption for 2009 via the 2008 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament where he successfully made it through the final two stages to earn his card. At PGA West in La Qunita, CA., posted five of six rounds in the 60s to finish T18. He was one of 14 rookies to come out of the 2007 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. Tied for sixth in the 2007 finals. Has played in 14 TOUR events over the years and made eight cuts, including five of nine in 2007. Best finish was a T30 at the Masters. Had three top-25 finishes on the European Tour in 2007, all T21s. Posted Asian Tour victories in 2006 at the Korea Open in a field which included Retief Goosen and the HSBC Champions Tournament (co-sanctioned event with the European Tour). The latter victory was worth a career-best $833,000 and came by two strokes over Tiger Woods. Win was worth full status on the European Tour and moved him into the top 40 at the time in the Official World Golf Ranking. Victory made him just the second Korean player to win on the European Tour, joining K.J. Choi. Four-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, with his most recent victory coming at the 2006 Suntory Open in September, thanks to a final-round 63. Other Tour wins came at the 2004 Sun Chlorella Classic, 2004 Asahi-Ryokuken Yomiuri Memorial and the 2005 Coca-Cola Tokai Classic. First-round 66 had him one stroke off the lead in the 2004 Shinhan Korea Golf Championship, a PGA TOUR-affiliated event. Third-round 80 dropped him out of contention. Finished T11 behind winner Arron Oberholser. Started going to a local driving range in Korea at age 19 on a friend's advice.