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Charlie Wi

South KoreaSouth Korea

Start Position
26
Current Position
To Par: +5
Total Strokes: 74 - 75 : 149
T83   T109
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Updated: Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 06:58 PM
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Residence: North Hills, CA
  • Age: 38
  • Turned Pro: 1995

International Victories

(9): 1997 Kuala Lumpur Open [Malaysia]. 2001 Volvo China Open, Shin Han Dong Hae Open, SK Telecom Open [Korea]. 2002 SK Telecom Open [Korea]. 2004 Pocari Sweat Open [Korea], Taiwan Open [Asia]. 2005 GS Caltex Masters [Korea]. 2006 Maybank Malaysian Open [Eur.].

2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$438,600 (81)

2010 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

8-- The Honda Classic.

PGA TOUR Best Round

66 at Round 2, Farmers Insurance Open. 66 at Round 3, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Opened The Honda Classic with a 4-over 39 and five bogeys on his first nine holes, but played the final 63 holes with just three bogeys to finish 3-under and in eighth place.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

T2-- U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, Valero Texas Open, Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

2009 Season Highlights

Posted his third consecutive $1 million-plus season on TOUR...After a T9 at the Honda Classic he made it back-to-back top-10s at Transitions Championship, chipping-in twice on the front nine of the final round to make the turn with the outright lead at 9-under. Bogeys at both back-nine par 3s saw him finish T4 at 6-under...Rebounded with his season-best finish of T2 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April. The finish tied his career-best (2007 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, 2008 Valero Texas Open). En route to the finish in New Orleans, recorded just four bogeys over the course of all four rounds. Finished one stroke behind winner Jerry Kelly...Represented Korea at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup for the second time in his career, this time partnering with 2009 PGA champion Y.E. Yang.

Career Highlights

2009: Posted his third consecutive $1 million-plus season on TOUR...After a T9 at the Honda Classic he made it back-to-back top-10s at Transitions Championship, chipping-in twice on the front nine of the final round to make the turn with the outright lead at 9-under. Bogeys at both back-nine par 3s saw him finish T4 at 6-under...Rebounded with his season-best finish of T2 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April. The finish tied his career-best (2007 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, 2008 Valero Texas Open). En route to the finish in New Orleans, recorded just four bogeys over the course of all four rounds. Finished one stroke behind winner Jerry Kelly...Represented Korea at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup for the second time in his career, this time partnering with 2009 PGA champion Y.E. Yang. 2008: Enjoyed his most successful season on the PGA TOUR with 11 top-25 finishes, four of which were top-10s. Missed just six cuts in 27 starts...Shared the first-round lead with a 7-under 64 at the John Deere Classic and finished T4. It was his best finish since a T2 at the 2007 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee...In his first career major championship start, was one stroke back after 36 holes at the PGA Championship. Fired rounds of 71-74, including being paired with eventual champion Padraig Harrington and runner-up Sergio Garcia in the final round, to finish T9 at Oakland Hills...Shot a final-round 61 at the Valero Texas Open to move from a T13 to a T2 finish, matching his career best. 2007: In second start of season, finished T9 at the Buick Invitational. Opened with a 9-under-par 63 on the Torrey Pines North Course, two off the pace of Brandt Snedeker...Set the Champion Course record at PGA National with a first-round, 5-under-par 65 at The Honda Classic. Held the 18-hole lead and shared the 36-hole lead with Robert Allenby at 5-under-par 135. Finished T13...Finished a career-best T2 at the U.S. Bank Championship, with birdies on four of the last five holes for a final-round 68...Qualified for the first two PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup events and finished T14 at the Deutsche Bank Championship... Added a T5 at the Ginn sur Mer Classic at Tesoro to move up 10 spots on the money list and top the $1-million mark for the first time in his career. 2006: Earned a return trip to the PGA TOUR in 2007 after second successful stint at 2006 Qualifying Tournament, finishing T16...Made the cut in 13 of 17 starts on the 2006 Nationwide Tour, with four top-10s. Finished the season No. 40 on the money list, with $137,238...Turned in one of the most impressive stretches of the season, with four top-five showings in five starts-a T4 at the Henrico County Open, a career-best runner-up effort at The Rex Hospital Open, T5 at the Chattanooga Classic and T4 at the Peek'n Peak Classic... Winner of the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open by one stroke over two-time defending champion Thongchai Jaidee, denying Jaidee his third straight win at the event. 2005: Rookie season on TOUR the result of successfully navigating through all three stages of 2004 Qualifying Tournament. T26 in his fourth attempt at finals in 2004. Made a 10-foot putt on the last hole at Q-School to earn his card..Finished No. 196 on the money list during his rookie season. T5 in his last start of the season at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic...Opened with a 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead at the 84 LUMBER Classic with three others. Finished T32. 2004: Winner of the Taiwan Open on the Asian Tour. 2003: Made the cut in 10 of 25 starts on the European Tour with his only top-25 a T16 at the Dunhill Links Championship. 2002: Made 13 of 17 cuts on the European Tour. Best finish was a T5 at the Dubai Desert Classic...Won the S K Telecom Open on the Asian Tour...First career PGA TOUR start came at the World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational, where he tied for 63rd. 2001: Best finish on the European Tour was a T3 at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open...Won three times on the Asian Tour including the Volvo China Open. 2000: Made 13 of 25 cuts on the Nationwide Tour with his only top-25 a T12 at the Monterey Peninsula Classic. 1998: Had a pair of top-10s in limited play on the Nationwide Tour. Tied for fourth at the Wichita Open. 1996: Had one top-10 during his first full year on the Nationwide Tour. Amateur: First-team All-America in 1995 at University of California, posting the third-lowest stroke average among collegians that season behind Tiger Woods and Stewart Cink...Won the 1990 California State Amateur at age 17 (second-youngest to accomplish that feat) and the 1995 Southern California Amateur.

Personal

Introduced to golf by his father...Expert skier earned spending money during college by being a ski instructor...Student of martial arts, which helps his flexibility in the golf swing.

Other Information

Returned to PGA TOUR in 2007 after second successful stint at 2006 Qualifying Tournament, finishing T16. Made the cut in 13 of 17 starts on the 2006 Nationwide Tour, with four top-10 finishes. Finished the season No. 40 on the money list, with $137,238. Turned in one of the most impressive stretches of the season, with four top-five showings in five starts-a T4 at the Henrico County Open (four shots behind Matt Kuchar), a career-best runner-up effort at The Rex Hospital Open (one shot behind Brenden Pappas), T5 at the Chattanooga Classic (four shots behind champion Kyle Reifers) and T4 at the Peek'n Peak Classic (two shots behind winner John Merrick). Winner of the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open by one stroke over two-time defending champion Thongchai Jaidee, denying Jaidee his third straight win at the event. Rookie on 2005 TOUR after successfully navigating through all three stages of 2004 Qualifying Tournament. T26 in his fourth attempt at finals in 2004. Finished No. 196 on the money list during his rookie season. Career-best T5 in his last start of the season at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. Opened with a career-low, 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead at the 84 LUMBER Classic with three others. Finished T32. His previous low was a 68 in the opening round of the 2005 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Winner of five Asian Tour events during career dating back to 2000, including three victories in 2001. Also a member of Nationwide Tour (1996, 1998-2000) and European Tour (2002-03). Played one career TOUR event prior to 2005, the 2002 World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational, where he finished T63. First-team All-America in 1995 at University of California, posting the third-lowest stroke average among collegians that season behind Tiger Woods and Stewart Cink. Won the 1990 California State Amateur at age 17 (second-youngest to accomplish that feat) and the 1995 Southern California Amateur. Introduced to golf by his father. Expert skier earned spending money during college by being a ski instructor. Student of martial arts, assisting with flexibility in golf swing.

National Teams

Asian Dynasty Cup (1), 2003; Korean International Team (1), 2004; World Cup (2), 2006, 2009