Showman Choi swings into SMBC Singapore Open

Wed 09 Jan 2019

Showman Choi swings into SMBC Singapore Open

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By John Crean

Fans are in for a huge treat at this month’s SMBC Singapore Open with the appearance of Ho-sung Choi, the player with one of the wackiest swings in golf.

Choi took social media by storm with his swagger during the Kolon Korea Open last June where he was halfway leader before finishing tied fifth.

Highlight reels from the tournament showed his much accentuated follow through, replete with pirouettes and urgings to his ball in flight.

The 45-year-old Korean underlined that he is more than just a showman with victory in the Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) last November.

His 10th place finish on the JGTO moneylist guaranteed him a spot in the SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club from January 17-20. The tournament, which will feature defending champion Sergio Garcia of Spain and fellow Ryder Cup star Paul Casey of England, is joint sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the JGTO.

Choi, whose swing has been dubbed the ‘craziest’ in golf, has been featured on the Golf Channel, which analysed his game, while Golf Digest and other publications have written about him extensively.

A recent report said that a petition has been started to get the so called “most exciting man in golf” an invitation to the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour.

The teacher who started the petition wrote that the tournament needed “the greatest showman in the game”.

While Choi is a bit of an overnight sensation to a worldwide audience, he has been about the Asian golf scene for many years and won his first JGTO title at the 2013 Indonesia PGA Championship.

Since his ‘fisherman’s swing’ garnered global attention last year, Choi seems to have added a few more twirls to his follow through.

Spectators can judge for themselves at the SMBC Singapore Open.