May 6: Korea’s Choi Kyung-ju produced another top-10 performance at the HP Classic of New Orleans which concluded on Monday.
Choi, who finished third in the Masters last month, carded rounds of 67, 68, 68 and 69 for a 16-under-par total and finished six shots behind winner Vijay Singh of Fiji, who secured his second straight win on the US PGA Tour.
The strong outing by Choi will make him a firm contender for next week’s BMW Asian Open, jointly sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours, at Tomson Golf Club in Shanghai.
American Ted Purdy, who came close to victory at the MCI Heritage before losing in a play-off last month, came in tied 25th on 277 while Swede Daniel Chopra, victorious on the Nationwide Tour recently, was a further shot back in 34th position. Arjun Atwal of India and Korean Kevin Na missed the cut.
On the European Tour, Thai star Thongchai Jaidee came in equal 28th in the rain-shortened Italian Open. He carded rounds of 70, 67 and 71 for an eight-under-par total, 11 shots behind winner Graeme McDowell.