Choi (Check out his Full Bio at Wikipedia)
(May 19, 1970)
Hyunjung Kim; son, David (05-09-97); daughter, Amanda
(03-04-02); son, Daniel (12-26-03)
||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.
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.
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
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.
powerlifter. Could squat 350 pounds as a 95-pound
13-year old. No longer lifts heavy weights.
in golf grew after one of his high school teachers
recommended he try the sport. Studied under David
When Started Golf
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.
bend too much at the top, a bad habit from doing
so many squats as a weightlifter."
between Japanese and U.S. Tours
Difficult Adjustment on Tour
United States is very large, and touring the entire
country is not an easy job. Asians need strong character
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."
be in the Top 100, Top 30 in three years and eventually
to win - accomplished both in 2002
win a major
||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).
Time to Play
morning, when the fairway is covered with dew, shining
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."
Dimarco, Craig Perks, Fred Couples, Steve Elkington,
Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, Matt
Gogel, and Jerry Smith