There is no golf tournament quite like The Masters. April 2014 will mark KJ Choi's 12th appearance at Augusta, an event where he previously placed three times in the top ten and averaged an impressive finishing position of 35th, for another shot at the green jacket.
During KJ's 11 previous Masters appearances, he made 8 cuts with 2 top five finishes coming in 2004 and 2010, and a top 10 finish in 2011. The secret to KJ's continued success throughout these years has been his ability to attack and score low on Augusta's fearsome par 5's, whilst limiting any errors to only single bogeys, and his drive to one day don the green jacket. In every top 10 finish KJ made at Augusta, he didn't make a single double bogey or worse all week.
Augusta National certainly plays to KJ's strengths. Deft touch on the greens, consistent scoring, and considerable experience are all attributes that will give K.J an advantage; especially on Augusta's delicate greens.
Often regarded as one of the most talented and successful players in the world without a major win, Choi will be looking to make a steady start when play commences on April 10th, but if Choi is hoping to mount a serious challenge for this year's Green Jacket, he will need to quickly shake off the memories of last week's missed cut at the Valero Texas Open.
Without doubt, Choi has the ability and mentality to win a major. It is just a case of everything coming together at the right time just as it did back at the Players Championship in 2011. Whether K.J wins a major or not, one thing is for sure. He will give it everything he's got.
Sam Willis - Contributing Writer, April 3, 2014