Born:Jan 3, 1972 in Seoul, South Korea.
Original/Home Club:Univ of California, Berkeley, CA.
Multiple wins on the Asian Tour (incl one co-sanctioned with the European Tour).
Having moved with his parents from South Korea to the USA when aged 10, Wi subsequently attended the University of California, Berkeley and enjoyed a highly successful college golf career. He subsequently turned professional in 1995, becoming one of the best Asian players to emerge, although with mixed early fortunes on the US and European tours. Wi is a methodical player, and a key exponent of the 'stack and tilt' golf swing.
Played as the Maybank Malaysian Open (Feb 16-18; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed and defending champion Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) finished 1 shot behind first-time European Tour winner Wi (S Kor). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [West course, TPC Kuala Lumpur, KL, Malaysia; at the time known as Kuala Lumpur G&CC].
Played as the Taiwan Open (Sept 23-26; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Wi (S Kor). [North Bay G&CC, Caoli Vil, Shimen, nr New Taipei City, Taiwan].
Played as the SK Telecom Open (April 25-28; Asian/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Kevin Na (S Kor/USA) and Kim Felton (Aus) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Wi (S Kor). [South course, Lakeside CC, nr Yongin, Gyeonggi, S Korea].
Played as the Shinhan Donghae Open (Sept 20-23; Asian/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Vivek Bhandari (India) and Yong-eun "Y.E." Yang (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Wi (S Kor). [Gaya CC, Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam, S Korea].
Played as the Volvo China Open (Oct 18-21; Asian Tour event). Second-placed Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) finished 1 shot behind Charlie Wi (S Kor). [Shanghai Silport GC, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China].
Played as the SK Telecom Open (May 17-20; Asian/Korean Trs event; formerly SK Telecom Classic). Wi (S Kor) beat Wook-soon Kang (S Kor) with a birdie at the seventh playoff hole. Simon Yates (Scot) was eliminated at the fifth playoff hole. [Ildong Lakes GC, Kyonggi-do, S Korea].
Played as the Mild Seven Kuala Lumpur Open (Asian Tr event). Second-placed Wen-teh Lu and Lian-wei Zhang (China) finished 4 shots behind Wi (S Kor). [Palm course, Saujana G&CC, nr Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia].
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
Costa’s "Cruise & Golf" allows golfers and their families to combine a unique golfing experience with the relaxation and fun of a cruise on board Costa Smeralda. Golf enthusiasts are offered a choice from 23 top-quality golf clubs; their chosen courses are played during the ship’s port calls in Italy, France and Spain. While the golfers are driving the fairways, accompanying non-golfers are able to enjoy the amenities and activities on-board, or explore wonderful places on day excursions organised by Costa. Read more ...
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