What Is Meant To Win The Players Championship In Malaysia

Florida in 2000, I trained regularly at TPC Sawgrass Stadium for about a year after moving to the U.S. to pursue a career on the PGA Tour … months in a year, but I often think that one day The South Korean flag will be hoisted. Even after I moved to Houston, I attended TPC Sawgrass and trained, so the same idea came to my mind every time.

I competed in the first PLAYERS Tournament in 2002 and finished in the top 30 groups. I felt it was a good effort. This is the start of the annual visit to TPC Sawgrass. This is a very challenging golf course as it is long and difficult to navigate.

When I arrived in the 2011 season, I remember finishing second in New Orleans a few weeks ago, so my game was in good shape. Interestingly, my caddy Andy Prodger told me about this earlier this week. “I don’t think I can go back to Korea this Sunday. I don’t know why, but I just feel it. ”

When I think about it now, Andy definitely feels something good is going to happen to us this week. He probably thought it was time to win this prestigious tournament, even though I didn’t reach the top 10 in THE PLAYERS in the last nine attempts.

After scoring 70 in the first round, my main goal was to do a half-cut. Playing with TPC Sawgrass has never been easier. Because every aspect of the game is tested on the field, you have to shape the ball and hit quality golf shots.

I went on with an excellent 68 to get past the top 10 in the second round and that softened my mind. Since then, I started thinking about finishing in the top 10 and focusing on each shot. On Saturday I was in the top 5 in the middle of the round, and when bad weather interrupted my game, I had to play 27 holes, so I was ready for a tough Sunday. Luckily, everything went smoothly and after signing the third round of 67, I got one shot for playing just one round.

The whole day was a very difficult struggle. David Thoms was ahead for most of the final but found water on hole 16, one shot ahead. Then he made a good bird on the famous 17th par 3 holes and took the lead, but David made a good bird on the last hole and made it to the playoffs. Extra hole on the 17th.

Finally, I realized I was THE PLAYERS champion. Amongst my eight PGA TOUR wins, I cried the most after winning this one. I was genuinely thrilled with my accomplishment as I think every player desires to win THE PLAYERS, as it is the strongest tournament in the world and also the TOUR’s flagship event. Becoming the first Asian and Korean player to win made it extra special and I was really proud to shoot under par for four rounds.

THE PLAYERS’ victory is no doubt the main highlight of my career and it’s amazing that this was achieved 10 years ago now. When I first got onto the PGA TOUR, I never imagined I would stay in the US for a long time as there was no other Korean player on TOUR back then. It was not an easy journey coming out from my hometown in Wando, Korea, and playing golf as a professional athlete.

I am very thankful that many people helped me along the way and I would not have achieved the success all by myself. As you know, my parents were ordinary farmers back home, so they couldn’t afford the costs of buying golf clubs or paying for my training or green fees.

However, many people in my hometown helped me. Some gave their used clubs and golf balls for me to use and sometimes, they helped by providing money for my practice.

I also held part-time jobs at the practice range and at the car wash so that I could save up money to pursue my golf dream. Now, I know I should be helping others because I received financial and mental support from so many people.

One of the most fulfilling things about the PGA TOUR is the charitable impact that it has on the communities and I learned from other players about their charitable initiatives. It was a matter of time before I launched my own foundation called the KJ Choi Foundation which I currently support up to 60 talented and young students and golfers with scholarships through funds raised from various activities.

I have also made it a point to make donations and offer support towards disaster relief, including after my PLAYERS win in 2011 where I supported relief efforts after tornadoes hit the southeastern part of the U.S. Perhaps, this was one of the reasons why I received the Charlie Bartlett Award in 2013 which recognizes individuals who contribute towards the betterment of society.

With all the love and gratitude I have received in my life, I wanted to dedicate myself to helping the less fortunate and kids. I also enjoy passing my knowledge and skills about golf and life to the new generation and I am proud of this. I’m happy whenever I hear good things about the kids’ developments and it is a priceless pleasure.

There are a few things that people talk about when they think of KJ Choi. Some will remember me as a player who changes his grip and enjoyed great success thereafter, or that I only wear visors and my nickname is “The Tank” due to my single-minded attitude. Of all of the descriptions, I like the phrase, “KJ Choi, he worked really hard”, the best. I like this because people acknowledge I have worked hard throughout my entire life. I think that will be my legacy.

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