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K.J. Choi

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (46) / 5/19/1970
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 185

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Playing foursomes on day one of the Zurich Classic, K.J. Choi and Charlie Wi coasted to a 5-under-par 33-34=67 to stake their claim as early clubhouse leaders with play still in progress. UPDATE: Kyle Stanley & Ryan Ruffels would later post a 6-under 66 to surpass Choi & Wi.
The South Korean tandem opened their week on the 10th tee and rattled off five pars and a bogey before rounding into gear. From there, they pieced together a four-hole birdie train that went through the turn and included three putts converted from outside 18 feet, two of them knocked in by Choi. Putting was the story of the day for this duo who walked off the course with seven putts splashed in from outside nine feet, six of those from outside 13 feet. Arriving without much form this week, they are leaning on course knowledge as they both have a podium finish to their credit at TPC Louisiana in 15 previous combined trips to the Pete Dye design. Apr 27 - 1:39 PM

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K.J. Choi heads home in preparation of this week's Shell Houston Open in Humble, Texas.

The transplanted Texan is is 7-for-11 at this event, including four top 10s. Three of those have come on the current venue. However, his current form is not so sparkling. He's kicked off the campaign with a 2-for-10 record with one of those "cuts made" coming in the no-cut CIMB Classic. The 46-year-old should be left on the shelf by gamers in all formats, until he shows any sign of consistent form.
Mar 29 - 4:55 PM

K.J. Choi returns to a very comfortable venue as he preps for his 15th appearance at this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

Despite the length of the layout, Choi has solved the puzzle of the South Course at Torrey Pines. Overall, he is 10-for-14 here but it's been his recent results that have been most impressive. Choi finished runner-up to Brandt Snedeker last year in addition to a runner-up finish in 2014 and a T9 in 2013. The 46-year-old is averaging just 274 yards off the tee, so he doesn't appear to be a great fit on paper for the 7,698-yard layout, but it's also hard for gamers to ignore the trio of top 10s over his last four visits.
Jan 24 - 8:37 AM

Eight-time PGA TOUR winner K.J. Choi collected a measly 2.50 FedExCup Points during the fall, arriving at the holiday break ranked 207th in the standings.

Choi has played in at least 19 events for 17 straight seasons now, making the FedExCup Playoffs in 9-of-10 since the inaugural edition. He didn't do himself any favors during the fall, though, as he's off to a slow start this time around. Choi went 1-for-3 and the only cut made came in the no-cut CIMB Classic where he finished 75th (of 78). The 46-year-old remains relevant in deeper fantasy leagues but his upside has been limited for many years now. He's posted two or fewer top 10s for five straights seasons.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:37:00 AM

World No. 115 K.J. Choi begins his 18th consecutive PGA TOUR season at this week's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The 46-year-old was eliminated from last season's FedExCup Playoffs after missed cuts at both The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank. He finished 91st in the final FEC standings with 14 made cuts on 22 starts with five tops 25s, two for top 10s. The Westlake, Texas, resident's season best was solo second at the Farmers where he co-led after 36 and 54 holes (68-67-72-76). This is his third CIMB at the TPC Kuala Lumpur, placing T71 (of 77) two years ago and T14 in 2014. Choi finished solo seventh two weeks ago in his own invitational on the Korean Tour (70-67-68-70).
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 10:53:00 AM

K.J. Choi prepares to do battle on Bethpage State Park's Black Course at this week's The Barclays. UPDATE: At 10-over 78-74=152, Choi missed the cut by seven and drops 13 places to 80th in the FedExCup standings.

The South Korean missed the Playoffs last year for the first time, finishing 152nd in the FedExCup standings. Money-wise, it was his worst campaign since his rookie season in 2000. The 43-year-old's five-year exemption on TOUR (from 2011 PLAYERS win) ran out this season but easily secured a one-year renewal at 70th in FEC points. He collected 405 (of 705) points on just two events, solo second at the Farmers, and T5 at the Northern Trust Open, his two top 10s this season in 20 starts. This is Choi's ninth Barclays with a runner-up in 2007 (Westchester CC) his lone top 10. He was T73 in the 2012 edition at Bethpage on 9-over 293 (67-71-80-75).
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 07:15:00 PM

K.J. Choi had a carefree stroll around Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course with a 2-under-par 35-33=68 during the opening round of the 98th PGA Championship.

Going off in the second group of the day, at 7:10 a.m. ET, Choi took some time to ease into his round. After back-to-back pars to open, he swallowed a bogey at the par-4 third before bouncing back with a birdie-2 at the fourth. He saved the best for last, though, circling birdies in three of his last five holes, all from inside nine feet and two from inside four feet. On the whole, this round was manufactured through great ball-striking, providing plenty of looks at birdie and easy pars. After breaking a streak of 14 consecutive starts when he missed last year's PGA Championship, Choi is making his 15th appearance at this event, with a pair of top 10s on his resume (2004, 2006).
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 12:08:00 PM

Past champ K.J. Choi styled a bogey-free 3-under-par 35-34=69 in today's third round of the Memorial for a three-day total of 10-under 206, down three to T15 with play still in progress.

The 2007 Memorial champ backed up on the leaderboard but gets some love with just the third blemish-free lap of the day thus far. He landed 13 greens in regulation and circled just two, an 11-footer and a 13-footer, for 1.846 putts per GIR. But, Choi saved the best for last, holing-out from a greenside bunker on the 18th from 47'10" away for the walk-off birdie-3.
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 04:51:00 PM

K.J. Choi blitzed Muirfield Village Golf Club with a 4-under-par 32-36=68 during the first round of the Memorial.

Choi split 10 (of 14) fairways on his way to 14 greens in regulation. He walked off the course gaining 3.704 strokes approaching-the-green, ranking first in the field. He opened on the back nine and traded a pair of bogeys with a two-pack of birdies. His round took a turn for the worse as he made the turn and found water off the tee at the par-4 first, leading to a double bogey. He rebounded in a big way by circling birdies in six of his next seven holes, separating the birdies into two sets of three. None of the putts required came from outside 11'10" which goes to show how strong his previously mentioned approach game was today. Choi arrived with a 14-for-16 record at this event, including a 2007 victory. It's safe to say he likes the layout of Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 02:55:00 PM

Past champ K.J. Choi prepares for his 17th playing of the Memorial Tournament.

The 46-year-old's missed cut last year (by one) was only his second in 16 visits. He had connected 13 straight paydays, including his fifth (of eight) TOUR titles in 2007. Choi is 10-for-15 on the season with three top 25s, two for top 10s -- the last of which was eight starts ago at the Northern Trust (T5). His season best is solo second at the Farmers in January. The South Korean posted T43 in his latest action at THE PLAYERS (73-68-73-74), site of his last TOUR win in 2011. His exemption from that win runs out this season, but he's 54th in the FedExCup standings so there shouldn't be any problem with retaining fully exempt status.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 07:55:00 AM

K.J. Choi cruised to a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, tallying 6-under 138 through 36 holes.

Other than the penalty stroke on the par-4 13th hole, Choi played a stress-free round today. Hitting his approach shot into the rocks on the 13th hole forced him to drop and swallow a bogey. His putter was particularly stress-free as he splashed in just two putts from outside four feet, but still managed to gain 1.029 strokes with the flat stick. His longest roll came from 14' for birdie on the par-5 16th hole. Choi has landed 27 greens through two rounds and will continue to contend over the weekend if he can maintain that high of clip.
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 01:20:00 PM

K.J. Choi fired out of the gates with an opening round, 4-under-par 35-33=68 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Choi opened his week with a bogey at the par-4 10th hole but quickly righted the ship. He splashed in a 35'11" birdie bomb on the par-4 15th hole and stuck his approach to 4'4" on the par-5 16th to roll in an easy eagle. The tee-to-green prowess continued as he landing his 139-yard approach to just nine inches on the par-4 third hole, tapping in for birdie. Choi swallowed a closing-hole bogey after finding a greenside bunker, but will be very satisfied with this opening round.
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Past champ K.J. Choi twirled a 4-under-par 35-32=67 in the second round of the Valspar Championship for a 36-hole total of 1-under 141, up 67 spots on the live leaderboard to T16.

The two-time Valspar champion ('02 and '06) opened his 15th appearance with a birdie-less three-bogey 74 which saw him hit eight (of 13) fairways but just 11 greens in regulation and posting a -2.334 in strokes gained: putting. He rebounded with six circles against two squares on day two. The 45-year-old, who entered off a T5 in his last start at the Northern Trust, put up identical numbers on Friday in fairways and greens, but got the flat stick going converting six scoring chances for 1.545 putts per GIR -- as opposed to a dismal 2.000 in round one. Choi's 67 matched the low round of the tourney thus far, posted by a trio of first-day co-leaders, and was highlighted by a pair of 31-foot birdie-3s, the first came at the 10th (his first hole) from 39'5", and later adding a 31'6" bomb at the third.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 12:32:00 PM

K.J. Choi stalled out to a 2-under-par 31-38=69 in the finale of the Northern Trust Open for a 72-hole aggregate of 12-under 272, good for a two-way T5, three adrift of champion Bubba Watson.

For the first nine holes on Sunday, Choi looked in prime position to claim his ninth TOUR title in his 402nd career start and first since the 2011 PLAYERS. However, a birdie-less 2-over inward half contributed to Watson claiming his ninth win instead. The 45-year-old's final resting spot of T5 was exactly where he began the finale. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he saved par at the second from the fringe (33'7" away) and book-ended that with birdies at Nos. 1 and 3, the latter from 11'4". Choi added his third circle with birdie-2 at the fourth from 11'1" and another birdie-2 at six to turn in bogey-free 4-under. Failed scrambles at 12 and 18 completed his scoring and he settles for his third top 25 of the season (eight starts) and second top five (2nd, Farmers).
Sun, Feb 21, 2016 08:16:00 PM

K.J. Choi continued his dominance over Riviera CC with a third-round 4-under-par 33-34=67 to head to the finale of the Northern Trust Open two swings back of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson at 10-under 203.

Choi, a now perfect 16-for-16 at the Northern Trust, began Saturday's play in an eight-way logjam on 6-under (T7), four adrift of 36-hole leader Jason Kokrak. He came into day three after posting 69-67, which was his second-best position after 36 holes trailing only the 2009 edition when he opened in 66-69 and eventually finished a personal-best T3. The 45-year-old split 11 (of 14) fairways on Moving Day, and despite landing just 10 greens in regulation, bumped up two spots to T5 after converting on half of his scoring chances, highlighted by a 27'8" roll on the par-4 third. Choi went 7-for-8 in scrambling failing only at the par-3 fourth.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 07:19:00 PM