Choi Kyung-joo (53), the ‘eternal eldest brother’ of Korean golfers active on the American Professional Golf (PGA) tour, will make his first appearance in the new year. The stage is the Sony Open, which he won 15 years ago.
The Sony Open, the second tournament of the PGA Tour New Year, will be held at Waialei Country Club (par 70) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA for four days from the 12th. Compared to the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the first tournament of the new year, where the winners of last year’s PGA Tour competition participated, 144 players competed in the Sony Open. Kim Joo-hyung, Lim Seong-jae, Lee Gyeong-hun, Kim Si-woo, Ahn Byeong-hun, and Kim Seong-hyun will participate in this tournament, and Choi Kyung-ju will participate as an invited player. 스포츠토토
Choi Kyung-ju made the PGA Tour Champions, which is for those aged 50 or older, the main stage, and won second place twice last year at this stage. He missed the cut only once out of 20 PGA Tour Champions events, and played consistently throughout the season. However, he has not shown much in recent years on the PGA Tour. After tying for 30th at the Valero Texas Open in April 2021, he has not been able to achieve significant results, and has been eliminated from the cut in four consecutive tournaments he has recently participated in.
Still, we start the new year with a PGA Tour event this year. It is the Sony Open, a tournament that has fond memories of its own. He won the 2008 Sony Open. Since then, he has chosen the Sony Open as his first tournament of the new year. In 2021, he also participated in this competition and finished the competition in 71st place after passing the cut. At that time, he scored in the 60s (67-65-69) throughout the first to third rounds, but slipped to 74 in the final round.
While the rise of junior golfers such as Kim Joo-hyung, Lim Seong-jae, and Lee Kyung-hoon has recently been remarkable, the challenge of ‘eldest brother’ Choi Kyung-ju is also expected to draw attention. JTBC Golf will broadcast the first round of the tournament live from 9:00 am on the 13th.