The second major of the PGA season starts tomorrow and so it is time to take a look at some of the stories of the Christ-followers on tour. I must admit that as I checked out the story of Choi, I learned some unexpected things about him. Did you know that he is the first South Korean to earn a tour card? Did you know that he is an 8 time PGA winner? Or the most unexpected, did you know K.J. Choi was a power-lifter as a teenager, lifting 350 lbs as a 90 pound 13 year old – according to the official K.J. Choi fan site,
Choi didn’t even start playing golf until he was 16 years old. He spent time reading Jack Nicklaus’ “Golf My Way” and watching instructional Golf videos. His highest profile win to date was the 2011 Players Championship at Sawgrass (The so-called “fifth major”) . After last years win at Sawgrass, he donated a large portion of the winnings to victims of tornadoes that had ravaged Texas, where he makes his home.
Choi’s relationship with God is what stirs him to generosity. Check out this quote in a CNN article from Choi about why he is so giving.
“The Lord has been good to me and he has provided a lot for me so this is my way to
return of all the things that he has given to me,” he says. As you can read in this article from Baptist Press, Choi became a Christian when he started dating the woman who is now his wife. They have found lots of great charities and works to support, and have also started “the K.J. Choi Foundation” Check out his website here, to learn all the different ways Choi gives back through his foundation.
He is often in contention and is a very talented golfer, especially considering that he didn’t start until the age of 16. He is hard to root against, and while he has never won a Major Tournament, but he will get another shot this weekend. Tune in again to see how his tournament is going!