by G. Rennie
Guinness pie is a likely menu choice at the 2012 Champions Dinner at Augusta National Golf Club given the four stroke lead that young Rory McIlroy takes into Sundays’ final round at The Masters Tournament. But not every front runner can bring it home, and while not wishing any ill to Rory Mc, it’s conceivable that some other distinctive cuisine might grace the clubs’ dining table next year. It might be fine Argentine beef served by Angel Cabrera, or Kangaroo steaks ordered up by Jason Day or Adam Scott, or a Beef Wellington courtesy of Luke Donald but it could also be fine Kimchi, Doenyang, and Bulgogi washed down with vintage Soju. Or even Korean Barbecue which might go down well with those southern gents if K J Choi takes advantage of his T2 position and makes up his current four stroke deficit.
K.J. is one of those likeable, quiet grinders who always seems to do well at Augusta with two top 5’s to his credit. Currently listed at 43rd in the World Golf Rankings, Choi knows how to get into the winners circle with 7 career PGA titles under his belt. Choi turned pro in ’94 and first played the big tour in ’98. Since then he’s carved out a rep as a gracious competitor who can thrive on difficult courses all the while racking up the millions to the tune of $22 million plus, good for #21 on the career earnings list.
K.J. will be out in front of Rory and Cabrera in tomorrow’s pairings and he can apply some pressure to that twosome by going low early. Although he missed a couple of short ones today, like the three putt on twelve, he is an outstanding putter and putting is the key to winning the green jacket. So there’s a chance that next April some past champion might be asking “Hey Jack, pass the tofu, please”.