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K.J. Choi |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (45) / 5/19/1970
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 185
College: South Korea

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K.J. Choi makes his fourth career visit to the Quad Cities at this week's John Deere Classic.
Choi, a 16-year veteran on the PGA TOUR, is 2-for-3 at TPC Deere Run with a missed cut in 2010, a T13 in 2012 and a T33 in 2013. At the 2012 edition, he opened in 6-under-par 65, a personal low in just 10 career rounds at the JDC. He followed with a second-round 72 that knocked him out of the title chase, but closed in 67-67. The 45-year-old, 145th in the FedExCup standings, has cashed 10 times on 14 events in 2014-15, with a season-best T15 at the wind-swept Valero Texas Open. The eight-time winner on TOUR last victory came at THE PLAYERS Championship in 2011 giving him exempt status through 2015-16. Jul 7 - 5:37 PM

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K.J. Choi flashed a terrific short game en route to a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Choi missed eight greens in regulation but limited the damage to a lone bogey at the par-4 third hole. His longest par saves found the cup from 16'7" and 19'1" at Nos. 9 and 11, respectively. He also found five birdies, including a five-yarder from the fringe at the par-4 eighth. His longest conventional birdie traveled 17'3" at the par-4 14th. Not surprisingly, he ranked sixth in strokes gained: putting at last check (2.605). Choi is three strokes off the clubhouse lead.
May 14 - 1:27 PM

K.J. Choi spun a bogey-free, 5-under-par 35-32=67 in his opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and finished three strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Choi went 5-for-5 in scrambling and circled five birdies, including conversions from 11'1" and 19'2" at the par-5 second and 11th holes, respectively. He could use a good week. The 44-year-old has only two top 25s this season and sits 143rd in the FedExCup standings.
Apr 23 - 1:52 PM

K.J. Choi arrives at this week's RBC Heritage ranked 137th in the FedExCup standings.

Choi has shown consistency this season with 7-for-9 cuts made. He's converted just two of those into top 25s, which explains the low ranking on the FEC leaderboard. Choi posted a pair of red numbers at last year's Heritage before fading over the weekend to a T31. His form and history both suggest a cut made this week, but not much more than that.
Apr 15 - 8:43 AM

K.J. Choi turns his attention to Bay Hill Club and Lodge for this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Choi missed his first cut of the season at last week's Valspar Championship, but is 5-for-6 overall. He arrives this week ranked 152nd in the FedExCup standings. His strokes gained:total ranking of 67th on TOUR suggests he is playing better golf than the FEC point structure would indicate. Gamers looking for a cut made this week can take a peek at Choi, but expectations should be kept at a reasonable level.
Mar 18 - 6:54 PM

K.J. Choi has made each of his previous cuts in the Northern Trust Open and is back for another shot this week.

Choi clearly finds Riviera Country Club to his liking, with four top 10s and seven top 25s highlighting his ledger in this event. Though he's aging a bit, he should still be considered a factor. He tied for 12th last season. While he's 144th in the FedExCup standings, he has made each of his four cuts this season. Perhaps as his schedule picks up, he will make a run at a ninth PGA TOUR title at some point this season.
Feb 18 - 8:43 PM

K.J. Choi submitted a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and reaches the 36-hole mark at 5-under 137.

Choi started his day at TPC Scottsdale on the back nine, and alternated a birdie and a bogey to go with seven pars. He tacked on three more birdies on the front, all from inside of 10 feet, to go with just one bogey. On a day where rain a chilly temperatures made the course play more difficult that usual, he has positioned himself nicely for a weekend run.
Jan 30 - 3:29 PM

K.J. Choi grooved a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Sony Open and is 10-under 200 with 18 to play.

Choi erased an early bogey with six birdies at Waialae Country Club, with the longest falling from 18'3" on the par-4 sixth hole. His only other lengthy birdie fell from 10'3" on the par-4 15th. He landed 16 GIR and led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green at the time of his posting. It shouldn't surprise anyone that he is right at home on this layout, as he was the winner of this event back in 2008.
Jan 17 - 8:55 PM

K.J. Choi makes his second start of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season at this week's Sony Open.

Choi was the winner at Waiala Country Club in 2008 and has two other top-10 finishes and a total of six top 20s. One of those top-20 finishes came last year, when he shared 20th at 9-under-par 271. His last start anywhere in the world was a T71 in the no-cut CIMB Classic. That doesn't exactly give most gamers the nudge needed to jump on board the K.J. train.
Jan 14 - 4:03 PM

K.J. Choi chose to spend the vast majority of the early portion of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season on the bench.

Choi's lone start was a T71 at the CIMB Classic. Since that event doesn't even feature a cut, it's fair to say he is off to a poor start. This shouldn't be a red flag to gamers, as he is taking a page out of his 2013-14 schedule with the light work in the fall. He paced himself to 23 starts last season, earning $1,677,848 and ranking 69th in the FedExCup standings. The veteran deserves the benefit of the doubt until a larger body of work proves otherwise.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 08:15:00 PM

K.J. Choi makes his way back to Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club for the CIMB Classic.

Choi tied for 14th in this event last season, which was the first time Kuala Lumpur served as the host. That was one of six top-20 finishes for the Korean last season. As he's gotten older, he's lost some length off the tee. That puts this course right in his wheelhouse, as the par-72 layout doesn't even crack the 7,000-yard mark.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 07:47:00 AM

K.J. Choi turns his attention to TPC Boston for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

Choi enters the week ranked 69th in the FedExCup standings, right on the BMW Championship bubble. He cannot afford a result similar to his last six, all outside the top 60. Unfortunately, Choi's track record at TPC Boston is mediocre, with a 4-for-8 record, that includes just one top 30. Currently ranked 33rd in the strokes gained-putting, the potential for his sixth top 15 of the season is still alive.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 09:37:00 AM

K.J. Choi is set to play the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal GC.

While most of the field wouldn't have had the chance to see Royal Montreal since the 2001 Canadian Open, Choi is one of the few exceptions. He was a member of the 2007 Presidents Cup Team for the International squad, playing the layout just after the Rees Jones redesign. After a T2 at the Travelers Championship, Choi's slipped with a T64 at Congressional and missed cuts at The Greenbrier Classic and The Open Championship.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:07:00 PM

K.J. Choi carded a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in his opening round of the Quicken Loans National, finishing three strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Choi won the inaugural edition of this tournament in 2007, but he's struggled since, particularly since the Poa annua greens were removed and replaced with bentgrass for the 2011 U.S. Open. To wit, he hadn't broken 70 in any of his six rounds on the bentgrass and has missed the cut in his last four starts, including in the major. Today, he split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation en route to four birdies against two bogeys. He left strokes out there, too, as the South Korean whiffed on three tries inside 10 feet.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 06:09:00 PM

K.J. Choi conjured up a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the Travelers Championship, finishing at 14-under 264, falling one stroke short of forcing a playoff.

Choi played with the lead for much of the final round but fell one short in the end. His final navigation was steady and included a pair of back-to-back birdies, the first starting at the par-5 sixth and then again at the par-4 12th. Choi has now finished inside the top 35 in four of his last five tournaments and improved his Travelers record to 5-for-6 with this runner-up result.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 05:45:00 PM