KJ Choi Wins Players Championship at Sawgrass as Graeme McDowell implodes

KJ Choi became the first Asian golfer to win the Players Championship at Sawgrass beating American David Toms in a play-off.  Choi & Toms, the 2001 USPGA champion, both finished on 13 under but Toms three-putted the short 17th in the first sudden-death play-off hole, while KJ  Choi made par.

Graeme McDowell had an abysmal final round at the Players Championship at Sawgrass in the United States, yesterday. The way he capitulated after leading by one shot going into the final round, was reminiscent of how fellow countryman, Rory McIlroy fell apart in last month’s US Masters.

McDowell never recovered from spraying his tee shot off the first tee and went on to score 79, five over.McDowell was honest in defeat when he told reporters:

“To be honest I felt I ran out of steam a little bit,” said US Open champion McDowell. “After bogeys on six and seven I felt the energy sucked right out of me. I went flat and everything I tried to do went a little wrong.”

McDowell went on to say: “This is going to hurt for a few hours, but we will move on”.

This is KJ Choi’s eighth victory in the United States, more than any other Asian golfer.

“For some reason I felt so comfortable out there,” said Choi. “The swing I have right now just doesn’t break down under pressure situations.

“I was able to be precise and aggressive and keep my rhythm together and that is what brought this performance.”

The Players Championship 2011 at Sawgrass

1st KJ Choi (South Korea) -13
2nd D Toms (United States) -13
3rd P Goydos (United States) -11
4th: L Donald (England), N Watney (United States) -10
6th: J Day (Australia), H Mahan (United States), JB Holmes (United States), A Quiros (Spain), J Dufner (United States), A Baddeley (Australia) -9