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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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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). Oct 19 - 10:53 AM

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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).
Aug 24 - 7:15 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).
Jul 28 - 12:08 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.
Jun 4 - 4:51 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.
Jun 2 - 2:55 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.
Jun 1 - 7:55 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.
Mar 18 - 1:20 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.
Mar 17 - 5:57 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.
Mar 11 - 12:32 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).
Feb 21 - 8:16 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.
Feb 20 - 7:19 PM

K.J. Choi enjoyed a 4-under-par 32-35=67 on day two of the Northern Trust Open for a 36-hole tally of 6-under 136, up 19 spots on the live leaderboard to T8.

The 45-year-old continued his mastery of Riviera CC and moves to a perfect 16-for-16 at the storied venue. He chased an opening five-birdie three-bogey 69 with today's six-birdie against two-bogey showing. Choi began off No. 10 tee and squared bogey on the shorty par-4 10th but responded with three straight birdies on 12-14 with two of those dropping from between 17 and 23 feet. His second (and final bogey) was a failed scramble at the par-3 16th, missing his par putt from 29 inches. The eight-time TOUR winner, who hasn't won since the 2011 PLAYERS, played his inward half in blemish-free 3-under, circling par breakers on the par-5 first and the par-4 fifth and seventh, respectively, brushing-in the latter from 14'9". His six-birdie set came on just 12 greens in regulation for a gaudy 1.500 putts per GIR.
Feb 19 - 7:37 PM

K.J. Choi authored a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a 72-hole total of 6-under 278, up 23 spots on the live leaderboard to T16.

Choi, a surprise runner-up to Brandt Snedeker at last week's Farmers, had a more than respectable encore in his 10th appearance at TPC Scottsdale (72-70-69-67). At the time he signed his card, the 45-year-old ranked 65th in greens in regulation at a shaky 52.78 percent (38/72), but he was No. 1 in sand saves going 13-for-14 on the week (92.86 percent) and T2 in bogeys with just six. Choi follows the TOUR back to California for the upcoming AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am where Snedeker defends.
Feb 7 - 4:34 PM

K.J. Choi, the overnight (overnight) 54-hole co-leader, tacked on a 4-over-par 38-38=76 in the two-day final round of the Farmers Insurance Open to wrap his 14th appearance at 5-under 283, one stroke back of champion Brandt Snedeker.

Choi had been 5-for-5 in converting 54-hole leads/co-leads but he gave it a valiant effort over a finale which lasted nearly 30 hours. He had eight holes to complete on Monday (which resumed at the par-3 11th) and posted seven pars and one bogey. The 45-year-old, looking for his ninth win on TOUR (first since 2011 PLAYERS), began his final frame -- on Sunday -- co-leading with Scott Brown at 9-under (68-67-72). He was 3-over on the day (thru 10) when play was suspended for the evening. Choi's consolation is his second runner-up finish at the Farmers (T2/2014) and first top 10 since T2 at the 2014 Travelers Championship 19 months ago. He finished the week with 17 birdies (T1), 10 bogeys and one double, and led the field in driving accuracy and was T2 in greens in regulation (52/72).
Feb 1 - 4:30 PM

Overnight co-leader K.J. Choi rallied to an even-par 38-34=72 in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open for a three-day tally of 9-under 207, good for a share of the 54-hole lead with Scott Brown.

Choi is 5-for-5 in his career converting 54-hole leads/co-leads as he looks to add his ninth win on TOUR in his 399th career start. He back-doored a personal-best T2 at the 2014 Farmers with a final-round 66 on the South Course, but more recently, shot a 2-over 74 in last year's finale. The 45-year-old began the day co-leading with Gary Woodland on 9-under with Dustin Johnson (8-under) completing the final threesome. Easily 30 yards shorter than the pair of bombers, Choi bested both of them by one (Woodland) and two, respectively. He three-putted from 49'11" for bogey-5 at the fifth but bounced back with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 sixth before retreating with double bogey-6 (from the fairway) at the seventh to turn 2-over. The 17-year TOUR vet squared bogey-5 at 12 before playing his final six holes in bogey-free 3-under converting three birdies from inside of four feet.
Jan 30 - 6:47 PM