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Name: - Kyoung-Ju "KJ" Choi
Country: - Korea
Born : - May 19, 1970 in Wando, South Jeolla Province, South Korea.
Original Home/Club: - Gwangju University
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1993

Roll of Honour

Presidents Cup player (2003, '07, '11). Multiple wins on the US PGA Tr, Asian Tr, European Tr and Japan Tr.


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Prior to taking up golf, KJ Choi's sporting career started in the very different world of weight-lifting. The physique he developed explains his nickname, "Tank." After switching to golf, he developed his skills sufficiently to win the Korea Open in 1996 aged 26, and join the Asian Tour. Choi also became a two-time winner on the Japan Tour before earning his US PGA Tour card at Q-school in 1999. In terms of PGA Tour victories, KJ Choi is now Asia's most successful golfer.


Top tournaments won by KJ Choi

2012Men AsiaKJ Choi InvitationalHaesley Nine Bridges269 (-16)US$118,875
Played as the CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi (Oct 4-7; Asian/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Dong-kyu Jang (S Kor) and Sang-moon Bae (S Kor) finished 2 shots behind defending champion and tournament host Kyoung-ju "K.J." Choi (S Kor). [Haesley Nine Bridges, Yeoju, nr Seoul, S. Korea].
2011Men AsiaKJ Choi InvitationalHaesley Nine Bridges271 (-17)US$118,875
Played as the inaugural CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi (Oct 20-23; Asian/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Seung-yul Noh (S Kor) finished 2 shots behind winner and tournament host Kyoung-ju "K.J." Choi (S Kor). [Haesley Nine Bridges, Yeoju, nr Seoul, S. Korea].
2011Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)TPC Sawgrass275 (-13)$1,710,000
Played as The Players Championship (May 12-15). Kyung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor) beat David Toms (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
2009Men AsiaJohor OpenJohor G&CC196 (-20)US$158,500
Played as the Iskandar Johor Open (Oct 22-25; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Chapchai Nirat (Thai) finished 4 shots behind Kyung-ju "K.J." Choi (S Kor). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Johor G&CC, Johor, Malaysia; at the time known as Royal Johor CC].
2008Men AsiaShinhan Donghae Open275 (-13)KRW 150mill
Played as the Shinhan Donghae Open (Oct 9-12; Korean Tr event). Second-placed Suk-ho Hur (S Kor) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Kyoung-ju "K.J." Choi (S Kor). [Lakeside CC, nr Yongin, Gyeonggi, S Korea].
2008Men AsiaSK Telecom OpenSky 72 GC272 (-16)KRW 120mill
Played as the SK Telecom Open (April 17-20; Korean Tr event). Second-placed Kyung-nam Kang (S Kor) finished 4 shots behind Kyoung-ju "K.J." Choi (S Kor). [Ocean course, Sky 72 GC, Incheon, S Korea].
2008Men AmericaSkins Game (PGA Tr)Indian Wells Resort6 skins$415,000
Played as the LG Skins Game (Nov 29-30). Kyung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor) won with a total of 6 skins worth $415,000. Second was defending champion Stephen Ames (T&T/Can) 6 skins worth $250,000. Third: Phil Mickelson (USA) 4 skins worth $195,000. Fourth: Rocco Mediate (USA) 2 skins worth $140,000. [Celebrity course, Indian Wells Resort, Coachella Valley, California].
2008Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC266 (-14)$954,000
Played as the Sony Open in Hawaii (Jan 10-13). Second-placed Rory Sabbatini (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Kyung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
2007Men AmericaMemorial TournamentMuirfield Village271 (-17)$1,080,000
Played as The Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley (May 31-Jun 3). Second-placed Ryan Moore (USA) finished 1 shot behind Kyoung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor), who shot a final round 65 to clinch the title. [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].
2007Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Asian Trxx
Choi (S Kor) won his second Johnnie Walker Asian Player of the Year Award.
2007Men AmericaQuicken Loans NatlCongressional CC271 (-9)$1,080,000
Played as the inaugural AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods (Jul 5-8). Second-placed Steve Stricker (USA) finished 3 shots behind Kyung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor), who recorded his second PGA Tour win in 2007. [Blue course, Congressional CC, Bethesda, MD].
2007Men AsiaShinhan Donghae OpenLakeside CC276 (-12)KRW 140mill
Played as the Shinhan Donghae Open (Oct 11-14; Korean Tr event). Second-placed Jong-yul Suk (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Kyoung-ju "K.J." Choi (S Kor). [Lakeside CC, nr Yongin, Gyeonggi, S Korea].
2006Men AmericaValspar ChampionshipInnisbrook Resort271 (-13)$954,000
Played as the Chrysler Championship (Oct 26-29). Second-placed Brett Wetterich (USA) and Paul Goydos (USA) finished 4 shots behind Kyung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor). [Copperhead course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].
2005Men AsiaSK Telecom OpenIldong Lakes275 (-13)US$98,580
Played as the SK Telecom Open (May 5-8; Asian/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Fred Couples (USA) and Andrew Buckle (Aus) finished 5 shots behind Kyoung-ju "K.J." Choi (S Kor). [Ildong Lakes GC, Kyonggi-do, S Korea].
2005Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipForest Oaks CC266 (-22)$900,000
Played as the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro (Sept 29-Oct 2). Second-placed Shigeki Maruyama (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Kyung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor). [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].
2003Men EuropeGerman MastersGut Larchenhof262 (-26)€500,000
Played as the Linde German Masters (Sept 18-21). Second-placed Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Esp) finished 2 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Kyung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor). [GC Gut Lärchenhof, Pulheim, nr Cologne, Germany].
2003Men AsiaSK Telecom OpenBA Vista CC201 (-15)US$85,500
Played as the SK Telecom Open (June 26-29; Asian/Korean Trs event). Kyoung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor) beat Yong-jin Shin (S Kor) with a 10-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole. Reduced to 54 holes due to rain. [BA Vista CC, Daedeoksan Mountain, nr Seoul, S Korea; at the time known as Baekahmvista CC].
2002Men AmericaNew Orleans ClassicEnglish Turn271 (-17)$810,000
Played as the Compaq Classic of New Orleans (May 2-5). Second-placed Dudley Hart (USA) and Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) finished 4 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Kyung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor). [English Turn G&CC, New Orleans, LA].
2002Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Asian Trxx
Choi (S Kor) won the Johnnie Walker Asian Player of the Year Award.
2002Men AmericaValspar ChampionshipInnisbrook Resort267 (-17)$468,000
Played as the Tampa Bay Classic presented by Buick (Sept 19-22). Second-placed Glen Day (USA) finished 7 shots behind Kyung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor). [Copperhead course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].
1999Men AsiaKorea OpenHanyang CC278 (-10)US$64,600
Played as the Kolon Korea Open (Sept 16-19; Asian/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Kyi Hla Han (Taiw) finished 1 shot behind Kyoung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor). [Hanyang CC, Goyang, nr Seoul, S Korea].
1999Men JapanUbe Kosan OpenUbe 72 CC272 (-16)¥20million
Played as the Ube Kosan Open (May 20-23). Second-placed Kazuhiko Hosokawa (Jpn) finished 3 shots behind Kyoung-Ju Choi (S Kor; known as "K.J." Choi), who recorded his second Japan Tour win. [Mannennike East course, Ube 72 CC, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan].
1997Men AsiaKPGA ChampionshipNew Seoul CC271 (-17)KRW 27mill
Played as the Astra Cup KPGA Championship (June 19-22; Korean Tr event). Second-placed Nam-sin Park (S Kor) finished 5 shots behind Kyoung-ju "K.J." Choi (S Kor). [New Seoul CC, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, S Kor].
1996Men AsiaKorea OpenHanyang CC279 (-9)
Played as the ELORD Korea Open (Sept 12-15; Korean Tr event). Second-placed Jong-duk Kim (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Kyoung-ju "K.J." Choi (S Kor), who recorded his first significant professional win. [Hanyang CC, Goyang, nr Seoul, S Korea].

 

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