K J Choi confirmed for the #NZOPEN99

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Global golfing luminary K J Choi is confirmed for the #NZOpen99. With 20 professional wins worldwide, eight wins on the PGA Tour including the 2011 Players Championship and over NZ$50 million in prize-money in his illustrious career to date, KJ Choi is arguably the highest profile foreign golfer to compete in the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open since Tiger Woods.

Interestingly, it is not his first time in this country. “I visited New Zealand as part of a winter training group in 1995 and I remember the beautiful trees on the golf course. I can’t believe it’s already been 21 years. I’m very excited and can’t wait to play in front of the New Zealand golf fans,” Choi said.

“I’m motivated to continue playing because of the fans. This is my 19th season on the PGA Tour and 25th year playing professional golf. I certainly would not have achieved what I have been able to do without the fan support. Knowing this I’ve always tried to repay the fans by playing my best out on the golf course.”

Choi said he has begun preparations and is motivated to play well in Queenstown. “I’m still hungry to achieve. It’s not easy but I really want to send a message to young players that it begins with diligence and preparation. I’m no longer the young-gun but I play every tournament believing in myself that I can do great things.

“I would love to be able to win a few more times on the PGA Tour which is one of my biggest goals, and I am also looking forward to three years’ time when I can join the Champions Tour. “It will certainly be nice to play well and possibly be in a position to win in New Zealand.”

Michael Goldstein