Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Why K.J. Choi Will Win The Masters
For the next two days I will be randomly presenting different top-notch golfers and explaining why these guys have a chance to win the Masters over anyone else in the field. Mostly, this will just be stupid "stats" that really don't matter once the golfers tee it up Thursday morning. To recap, skip everything I'm about to write. Here we go with K.J. Choi!
Did you know that K.J. Choi is the first Korean to ever earn a PGA Tour card? Also, he used to power lift competitively, squatting 350 pounds as a 13-year-old? Along with those things, Choi plays some pretty good golf, breaking through in 2007 with two victories, a second and 17 top-25s. What stars have to align for Choi to notch his first major championship this week at Augusta?
Solid - He isn't one of those guys that misses a lot of cuts - he's only missed five in two years - and he tends to be in contention more than he isn't. With his consistent ball-striking (second in greens in regulation this season), it wouldn't be the craziest thing for him to be at the top of the leader board late Sunday afternoon.
Stoic - I don't know what is going on in his head, but the dude looks more calm that a casket occupier. Nerves don't seem to be that big of a deal to K.J.
Knows a Little of Augusta - Augusta hardly ever has winners that haven't been there before, and Choi has been there. He finished third in 2004 at the Masters and has only missed the cut once. Also, by sporting the Swoosh, his chances exponentially increase (Nike loves the Masters).
He has won some important tournaments, been in contentions at others, and would be an interesting interview in Butler Cabin. Could the Zach Johnson-K.J. Choi green jacket ceremony be the first time in Masters history the chairman had to ask who these guys were before introducing them?