Jay Choi, a rookie on the Japanese PGA Tour is making a name for himself in his first season on tour. Jay was in 41st place going into the final round after shooting 73-74-73. He got off to a good start with a 33 on his front nine with 3 birdies and no bogies. On the inward 9, Jay had 3 birdies and a bogie for a 34 and the best final round of the day with his 67. The 67 moved Jay into a tie for 15th and a payday of $21,269.00. His earning’s in his rookie year is now at $376,469.00 and has him at 16th on the money list.
Jay’s showing is particularly good because he does not know the course’s and he is having to play without the valuable local knowledge that resident’s and veteran’s have after playing for year’s in Japan. Jay is ranked #1 in the re-shuffling of player’s. This ranking ensure’s that he will be able to play in all of the remaining events in 2010.
In a telephone conversation, with long time coach George Pinnell, Jay told Pinnell, “I am getting quite a bit of media attention and when I go out for dinner, I am often asked for autograph’s and people want more of my time, especially since they know I am learning Japanese.” Jay went on to tell Pinnell, “that he enjoys the people and will try to accommodate them as much as he can as long as it does not interfere with his practice and his preparation for his tournaments.”