8-Time PGA Tour Champion

 
 









 
Full Name Kyoung-Ju Choi (Check out his Full Bio at Wikipedia)
Nicknames 'The Tank', 'Hawkeye'
Age 39 (May 19, 1970)
Height 5' 8"
Weight 185
Born In Wando, Korea
Family Wife, Hyunjung Kim; son, David (05-09-97); daughter, Amanda
(03-04-02); son, Daniel (12-26-03)
Residence Dallas, Texas
Charity Foundation Devout Christians, K.J. Choi and his wife have graciously donated to numerous charitable organizations over the years and started their own K.J. Choi Foundation (Korean language) in South Korea to help the needy.
 
Turned Pro 1994 (age 24)
Tournament
Wins
PGA Tour Victories - 2011 Players Championship, 2008 Sony Open, 2007 AT&T National, 2007 Memorial Tournament, 2006 Chrysler Championship, 2005 Chrysler-Greensboro, 2002 Compaq Classic of New Orleans, 2002 Tampa Bay Classic.
International Victories - 2009 Iskandar Johor Open, 2003/2005 S.K. Telecom, 1996 Korean Open, 1999 Kolon Korean Open [Asian Tour], 2003 Linde German Masters [European Tour], 1999 Ube Kosan Open [Japan], 1999 Kirin Open [Japan], 1997 Fantom Open; 1997 Astra Cup PGA Championship, 1997 Pocari Korea Times Open ; 1995 Fantom Open
Distinction First Korean-born player to earn PGA Tour Card; First Korean to win on the PGA Tour. First Asian to break into the World Top 10 player ranking. A two-time winner in 1999 in Japan, he earned the last fully exempt spot in December's Q-School with a four-under 68 in the final round.
Before Golf Teen powerlifter. Could squat 350 pounds as a 95-pound 13-year old. No longer lifts heavy weights.
Why Golf? Interest in golf grew after one of his high school teachers recommended he try the sport. Studied under David Pelz.
Age When Started Golf
16
Age When
Broke Par
21
Current Instructor Steve Bann
Swing Model  Ian Woosnam
Playing Style 274.9-yard average, ranks 73rd; normally straight, ranks 88th in accuracy. Steady iron player. His former caddie, Casey Kerr, called Choi "the Korean Fred Funk." Short game needs to improve.
Swing Flaw "I bend too much at the top, a bad habit from doing so many squats as a weightlifter."
 
Difference between Japanese and U.S. Tours Speed of Greens
Most Difficult Adjustment on Tour "The United States is very large, and touring the entire country is not an easy job. Asians need strong character to endure."
On Media Coverage (More than a dozen Korean reporters routinely cover the tournaments in which he plays.) "It's better than being unknown. I know all eyes are on me. I feel some burden, but it is starting to settle down."
 
Original Goal To be in the Top 100, Top 30 in three years and eventually to win - accomplished both in 2002
New Goal To win a major
 
Sponsor Prior to the 2010 PGA Tour, K.J. ended his contract with Nike and has decided to go with Ping driver and irons. He also switched to the Titleist Pro V1.

K.J. joined the Nike family earlier this year in 2005, and will be be sporting the Nike swoosh logo from head-to-toe and playing with Nike equipment (See Equipment). Read Nike article.
 
Favorite Time to Play "Early morning, when the fairway is covered with dew, shining like pearls."
Favorite American Food T-bone steak
Favorite American Movie First Blood
Favorite Sports Baseball, Soccer
On Meeting
Se-ri Pak
"We were both taking physical tests at the Korean Physical Science Research Institute in 1997. We didn't talk much, but Se-ri left a strong impression. I could feel that she wasn't an ordinary golfer."
Friends Among Players Chris Dimarco, Craig Perks, Fred Couples, Steve Elkington, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, Matt Gogel, and Jerry Smith
 
 
 


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