K.J. Choi's family says the Masters Tournament is the major the South Korean star wants to win most. Choi was in the hunt once again on the final nine Sunday, but he couldn't keep pace with playing partner and eventual champion Charl Schwartzel, as three bogeys led to an even-par 72.
After being paired with Tiger Woods in all four rounds of last year's Masters Tournament, South Korea's K.J. Choi is comfortable in the Augusta spotlight. Choi played with Woods again Saturday, and though he didn't have his best round, Choi kept himself in the hunt with 1-under-par 71.
After a spectacular eagle on 13, Y.E. Yang used consecutive birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to move into a first-place tie with Rory McIlroy at 7-under before he bogeyed the last two holes to fall two shots back of McIlroy and Alvaro Quiros with 5-under 67.
K.J. Choi didn't know it at the time, but the precise moment he lost the 2010 Masters Tournament came rushing over him in one big roar. Choi was even with Phil Mickelson as he got settled over his ball for his approach on the 13th hole. Just then, Mickelson rolled in a birdie putt on the par-3 12th.
K.J. Choi's initial reaction to the news that he'd be paired with Tiger Woods for the fourth consecutive day at the Masters Tournament was brief and honest.
Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are doing England proud at the top of the Masters Tournament leaderboard, but don't discount the South Koreans lurking close behind.
And the short straws go to Matt Kuchar and K.J. Choi.
K.J. Choi is as ready as he's ever been to carry the expectations of a continent on his shoulders.