“Eight PGA wins since May … my time comes”
Korean men’s golf legend Choi Kyung-joo doesn’t use negative words like impossible or difficult. This is because he doesn’t set limits for himself, but rather achieves his goals. His eight career wins on the U.S. Professional Golf (PGA) Tour and No. 5 ranking in the men’s golf world rankings were achieved with the conviction that he could do it. “I really hate making excuses,” he said in an interview with Maeil Business before departing for the U.S. on Nov. 22. What made me who I am today is the mindset of just going for it and doing it,” he said, adding, “If you keep challenging yourself with the conviction that you can do things that seem impossible, you will eventually achieve them. As long as I live as a professional golfer, there is no limit to me.”
After returning to the United States, the first event on the schedule is the PGA Tour Champions Major. The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Fields Ranch East in Frisco, Texas, starts on July 26 and runs for four days. In one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year, Lee will attempt to become the first Korean player to win a PGA Tour Champions Major. “The putter and grip I recently changed are perfect for me. I have a lot of confidence in my putts on the greens. I’m determined to showcase my skills,” he said.
At 53 years old, Choi is juggling the PGA Tour Champions with the PGA Tour, which is only open to players over the age of 50. That’s not all. He also competed in the SK Telecom Open on the Korean Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour, which concluded on Nov. 21, making his schedule busier than ever. But he was all smiles. “I got hooked on the fun of competing with younger players who are like my sons,” Choi said. I’m still excited and eager to do well,” she said. “I feel really good when I hit the golf ball I want to hit. I can’t put the club down,” he laughs. It’s the same reason why she competes in PGA Tour events rather than the PGA Tour Champions, where she doesn’t have to make the cut and receives a cash prize. “PGA Tour Champions players play well, but there’s something special about the PGA Tour,” Choi said. “When I compete against younger players, I feel like I’m getting better and better. I still have the same goal of playing on the PGA Tour as my main stage.”
As he continues to make changes to stay ahead of the pack, he is desperate to win. Having seen the likes of Lim Sung-jae, Kim Si-woo, and Kim Joo-hyung win on the PGA Tour over the past few years, he has an extraordinary desire to win.
Choi said, “It’s been a year and eight months since I won the PGA Tour Champions. “It’s been a year and eight months since I won the PGA Tour Champions, and watching my favorite juniors win has made me want to get to the top,” he said. “I can’t say I want to win, but I’m looking forward to the future as my shots and putts have improved recently and I’m in my favorite time.
He has good reason to be confident about the rest of the season. All but one of his nine wins on the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions have come after May.메이저놀이터 “When I look back at my professional career, I’ve won almost all of my tournaments from May through October,” Choi said. This year, I’m definitely feeling better in May,” said Choi, who will be competing in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and the Memorial Tournament.
He also explained why he takes special care of his juniors and foundation players despite his busy schedule. On the second day of the SK Telecom Open, Choi stayed on the practice green to share his secrets with the juniors and foundation players who came to visit him, even after he went on a 25-hole-a-day binge on the 19th. He said, “I can give them 10 hours of my time if it makes them feel better,” adding, “I’ve never thought of it as a hassle or hardship. On the contrary, I feel incredibly empowered. If there are players who need help in the future, I will do my best to help them,” he emphasized.