This week’s Valspar Championship holds some great memories for KJ Choi, after winning here in 2002 and 2006. Realistically, the chances of him completing the treble this week are quite slim, but the beauty of golf is that it tends to produce fairytale stories every now and again, so why not this week?
After suffering 6 missed cuts, KJ produced his best golf in recent times, at his last event, the Genesis Open. A T-17th finish against a very strong field is arguably his best result since finishing T-5th at the 2016 Northern Trust Open, over a year ago. Can he build on his this performance and challenge this week? Well, only time will tell.
In addition to Choi, there are five more Koreans teeing it up this week. Seung Yul Noh has been playing some consistent golf recently, with a T-43rd, T-8th and T-11th in his last three PGA Tour starts. He will be hoping for more of the same again this week.
After a disappointing week at the WGC Mexico Championship, both Ben An and Siwoo Kim will be determined to rectify their performances this week. An has shown a lot of promise in recent months and it will come as no surprise if he gets himself into contention this week.
Kim on the other hand, is in freefall mode. He has struggled with his game since his T-10th at the CIMB Classic, last October. It seems like changes are needed to halt his disappointing run.
Sung Kang, who finished T-22nd here last year, has begun 2017 quite steadily with a T-12th and T-22nd, but also four missed cuts. A repeat performance from last year would certainly please Kang.
Whee Kim will be desperate to improve on his last four outings that have brought about three missed cuts and a T-63rd. Although previous to this, Kim did pick up a T-17th at the CareerBuilder Challenge, so there is some hope for him this week.
The dream? A KJ victory. The reality? Ben An and Seung Yul Noh to be the main Korean contenders. But let’s wait and see…
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