Choi Kyung-ju Defends CJ Invitational Title

Choi Kyung-ju smiles as one of the players pours champagne over him in celebration of his winning the CJ Invitational in Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday. /Yonhap Choi Kyung-ju smiles as one of the players pours champagne over him in celebration of his winning the CJ Invitational in Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday. /Yonhap

After winning the CJ Invitational, an event he hosted, last year, golfer Choi Kyung-ju repeatedly said he regretted his victory as he had hoped to see a new star rise up and use it as a platform to help cement their reputation.

"It would be better to see a young promising golfer with a big dream win this competition named after me," said Choi, a consummate professional who constantly challenges himself to overcome his limits.

However, he repeated his mistake again on Sunday by hitting five birdies and one bogey in the final round of the same tournament to post a 15-under 269 and successfully defend his title. Bae Sang-moon and Jang Dong-kyu finished two strokes back to end as joint runners up, while Kim Dae-hyun was fourth at 11-under and Wi Chang-soo (Charlie Wi) finished fifth at 10-under.

"The main thing I'm taking from this experience is that I realized what I need to do for next season," said Choi, who has struggled this year and finished 94th on the PGA Tour's money list. He stressed that in golf it's crucial to maintain a positive mindset.

Continuing the tradition he set last year, Choi said he will donate all of the prize money from winning the CJ Invitational -- US$118,875 -- to charity.

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 08, 2012 09:46 KST