K.J. Choi Wins Players Championship
By mustang6560 on 5/16/11
Man, I really wanted David Toms to win! Nothing against K.J. Choi, but man, I was rooting hard for Toms.

The hardest part for David Toms was the fact his son was at TPC Sawgrass hoping to witness his dad win for the first time since 2006. Toms admitted during the week that his sons' new found love for the game has made golf more enjoyable for him and he wanted to be able to share a father-son moment after winning.
This one wasn't just about a tournament lost. This was about family. About a moment that doesn't come around too often when you're 44. A moment that would have redefined David Toms' career. An afternoon that would have given 13-year-old Carter a father-and-son moment -- a family moment -- beyond compare.

Instead it was a time to reflect, to give out hugs. To talk about how the son was inspiring the dad; about how in losing, you also win; about taking the momentum from this week to Fort Worth next week and Colonial Country Club, which just happens to be one of Toms' favorite courses.
Toms, who lead for the better part of the tournament, was trailing by one stroke heading into the par 4 18th. From a divot in the fairway, Toms hit his approach shot to 17 feet, while Choi missed his approach right. Choi chipped from off the green to inside five-feet, virtually forcing Toms to make his birdie putt.

At this point in the telecast, I was on my feet, fists clinched, saying "Come on Toms, les geaux!" I told you I wanted Toms to win.

He drained it. What a pressure putt! I thought for sure Toms would take the momentum into the first playoff hole and seal the deal. They headed to the island hole to start the sudden death playoff. Both players were on the green in regulation, but Toms had the advantage as he hit his shot to 18-feet. Choi putted to within three feet, so now all Toms had to do was sink his birdie putt and he would be the 2011 Players Champion. His putt slid by the hole but it's no big deal, he had a three foot tab in for par - the same putt nearly as Choi. Unfortunately, his par putt slid by the hole too, leaving Choi to make his part putt to win, which he did.

Best part about this game is there is always next week, next year. Hopefully, Toms can make one of these "next" weeks his week and not someone else's. Congrats to K.J. Choi on a great week.



K.J. Choi Wins

photo by kompuder_dude


[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
In a perfect world, a player wins with a birdie (or eagle) and the opponent can say he lost to a better shot. I hated to see Toms miss the short one but K.J. is a deserving champion.
5/16/11
 
Banker85 says:
bkuehn hit it on the head. ditto.
5/16/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Choi buried Toms.
5/16/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Se what I mean?
that sort of terminology just doesn't work in golf, IMHO.
5/16/11
 
mustang6560 says:
@KtK- What are you talking about?
5/16/11
 
legitimatebeef says:
Please. enough with the whining. You can't take putts like that for granted, especially under that kind of pressure. They are hard to make, no doubt, and Choi faced similar putts down the stretch. Toms played great but he hit that first putt on 17 too hard. The third putt was not that good either, it barely scared the hole. I like the guy too but to me he looked a little wilted toward the end of the fourth round whereas Choi still looked pretty fresh and steady-nerved.
5/16/11
 
legitimatebeef says:
I think its great how everyone loves KJ, one of those standup guys that nobody can rightfully have a problem with. But it was pretty farcical as expected-- the NBC and Golf channel talking heads trying to add some perspective to this KJ victory. They said it was a great victory and impact for all of Asia not realizing how out of date they sound. I'm guessing some of these round-eyes need to be informed that Asia is now a continent of over 3 billion people, and that its a very diverse landmass with a lot of distinct cultures and even though lot of Asian people might have black hair and slanty eyes that don't mean they all identify with one another. It's like saying if Toms had won, it would've been a great victory for Caucasians everywhere. Incredibly buffoonish. They mean well I guess.
5/16/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
@Mustang6560: While on the subject of BIG tournaments, I believe there was a grudge match this past weekend in Mississippi. Will there be a re-cap or do we just need to use our imaginations as to how things at "The Refuge" worked out?
5/16/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
sry. was referencing terms used in previous postings. nevermind.
5/16/11
 
mustang6560 says:
It's wasn't really a "grudge-match". Andrew was talking trash about how he was going to top my hole in one by calling his hole in one on hole 5 at The Refuge. So he beat me in terms of score, but the fact he didn't get a hole in one means I'm the real winner.
5/16/11
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
I like both Toms and Choi and don't dislike either one, but visiting PGATour.com this morning and seeing K.J. holding the trophy put a big smile on my face -- the man shot under par all week.

You rock, Choi.
5/16/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Wasn't Choi on Hawaii Five-O ?
5/16/11
 
falcon50driver says:
Kam Fong as Chin Ho. I rememberer it well. I was in two episodes of Hawaii Five-0. "Run Johnny Run" and "Killer Bee" in 1969
5/16/11
 
KVSmith59 says:
legitimatebeef : am with you on your post with the exception of the "slanty eye" comment which I thought was in poor taste.....
5/17/11
 
legitimatebeef says:
@kvsmith: I know it sounds a little harsh. But relax, I am part asian, I am licensed to say things like that.
5/17/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
regitamatebeef...#12 w/ lychees
5/18/11
 
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