Choi lifts trophy

Bethesda, July 9:

Five weeks ago KJ Choi received a trophy from Jack Nicklaus. On Sunday, he got one from Tiger Woods.

The biggest name in South Korean golf was again the prized guest at a golf party thrown by an American star, punctuating an adventurous back nine with a great bunker shot on his way to a three-stroke victory over Steve Stricker at the inaugural AT&T National.

Choi shot a final-round 68 for a 9-under 271 total to win for the sixth time on the US PGA Tour, the most victories by an Asian-born player, and his $1.08 million first-place cheque matched the one he got for winning Nicklaus’ Memorial last month.