South Korean K.J. Choi turned to be the 4th international player to win the Players Championship on May 15.
The golfer did his best to win the Championship, after three years of unsuccessful attempts, hitting the island green on the 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass for three times in a day. However, the tournament will be probably remembered for David Toms’ loss rather than Choi‘s victory.
David Toms missed a 3-foot par putt on the 17th to present Choi his biggest win for the entire career. And though he did hit 6-iron out of a divot and made an 18-foot birdie putt on the hardest hole to force a playoff, nothing could save him from the mistakes he did in the end.
According to the American player, he had no excuses other than a lot of pressure but that didn’t count much.
The finish on the 17th hole seemed a bit dismal, without zest. Both players met in the playoff, and Toms had the advantage on his side with a shot that was arranged about 18 feet away. The South Korean golfer hit his long birdie putt about 3 feet by the hole, and Toms thought the victory was in his pocket already. However his ball rolled 3 feet away into the grass, lightly on the rise because he didn’t hit it as he should and missed the target.
Choi managed to gain his victory on Sunday but said he felt very sorry for Toms as a friend because he understood what a blow it was for the golfer.
It is the 8th victory in Choi’s PGA career, bringing him a lot of money from the tournament budget – $1.71 million, ranked him on the 15th position in the world of golf, almost ensuring him with a place in the Presidents Cup team.