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K.J. Choi
K.J. Choi Height: 5 ft, 8 in
Weight: 185 lbs
Birthday: 05/19/1970
Turned Pro: 1994
Birthplace: Wando, South Korea
Personal
  • 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. First Korean to earn PGA TOUR card
  • Grew up the son of a farmer/fisherman and as a teenage powerlifter earned the nickname "Tank" because he could squat 350 pounds although he weighed a mere 95 pounds. He didn't have the upper-body strength to pursue that sport, so he turned to golf, at age 16
  • After his 2005 victory at the Wyndham Championship, donated $90,000 to the Korean Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C., that he has attended each year he played the tournament
  • Following his win at the 2011 PLAYERS Championship, donated $200,000 to help victims of the tornados that ravaged the southeastern United States in April of that year.
PGA TOUR Victories
(8) 2011 THE PLAYERS Championship. 2008 Sony Open in Hawaii. 2007 the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley. 2007 AT&T National. 2006 Chrysler Championship. 2005 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. 2002 Compaq Classic of New Orleans. 2002 Tampa Bay Classic presented by Buick.
International Victories
(9) 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 Iskandar Johor Open [Asia]. 2011 CJ Invitational [Asia]. 2012 CJ Invitational [Asia].
2016 PGA TOUR Money & Position
$1,328,448 (80th)
2016 Highlights
  • Advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs for the ninth time, thanks to five top-25 finishes in 20 starts through the Wyndham Championship. Of those, two were top-five showings. Kept himself alive through the first two of four Playoffs events, before ending his season after the Deutsche Bank Championship at No. 91 in the FedExCup standings
  • Was the 54-hole co-leader in his 14th start at the Farmers Insurance Open. Missed a putt for birdie on the 72nd hole to force sudden death with eventual-champion Brandt Snedeker. Posted a final-round 4-over 76 good for solo second in the unscheduled Monday finish. Marked his third top-10 finish in last four years at Torrey Pines
  • Made cut for 16th time in 16th appearance at Northern Trust Open where he finished T5 with four rounds in the 60s.

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