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Tank Choi Wins One Million Dollar Bonus at FedEx Cup

Posted September. 18, 2007 03:17,   

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“I want to express how good I feel but can’t find the appropriate words,” said “Tank” Choi, who seemed so happy that he could not stumble upon the needed words, at the post-tourney press conference yesterday after finishing play at the Tour Championship, the last round of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs at the par-70 East Lake GC, Atlanta, Georgia yesterday.

Choi Kyoung-ju, the 37 year-old Korean golfer, will play at the PGA Tour’s Texas Open next, starting on October 5, but this tournament, where the top 30 players on the tour competed against each other, was his biggest finish of the year and an opportunity for Tank to look back on his year as a whole.

Although he finished tied for 21st place by hitting a 4-under-par 276 despite shoulder pain in the last round of the playoff, he successfully guarded fifth place in the FedEx Cup rankings and earned a bonus worth one million dollars. He is now recognized as a top player after making it to the top five among the best players in the world.

This season, Choi has played in 25 tournaments, winning twice, placing second once, and making it to the top-10 seven times, which earned him $4,457,659. Out of his U.S. career earnings of $16 million for seven years since 2000, he has earned over one quarter of that amount this season alone.

The numbers are impressive, but it was a great year for Choi in other aspects too. He won two major-caliber tournaments by beating other more famous star players. He won the Memorial Tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus and the AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods, and received the winner’s trophy from those past and current golf legends.

“When I think about it, my performance this year was great,” said Choi. “My original goal at the beginning of this season was to break into the top 30. I have gained more confidence and feel that I have matured.”

Choi, whose next objective is to win a major tournament, will have a packed schedule at the end of this year. After playing at the President’s Cup, a golf tournament match between continents, he will come back to Korea on October 9 to play at the Shinhan Donghae Open, and afterwards in November he will participate in the APGA’s Singapore Open, HSBC Champions, and Hong Kong Open.



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