Jay Choi rebounded from missing a cut in the opening Challenge Tour event in Japan, to making a strong move to contend for first place in the season opening of the official Japanese PGA Tour season (JGTO). Jay had his equipment manufacturer make a shaft change in his Mizuno iron’s that resulted in a feel that was similar to what his former irons gave him. That change in shaft stiffness was all Jay needed to make a strong showing in his first official JGTO event. Jay shot 71-70-73-71 285 (+1) to finish in a tie for 6th place, only 2 shots off the winning score of 283.
Jay felt he had a chance to win the Token Homemate Cup 2010. He told his coach, George Pinnell, “I felt I could have won the event if a few more putts would have dropped.” Jay said “he was satisfied with his play, because he did make a few 10 footer’s for par. “The course was set up “crazy fast” with green speeds faster than the U.S. Open’s. Jay told Pinnell, “I had to play 15′ of roll-out on a 93 yard lob wedge shot, because the green’s were so firm!”
In the final round, Jay was +2 for the event and +1 for the day, when he felt he needed to make a move to challenge the 17th par 5 hole. Jay, who has always been a long driver of the golf ball, has the capacity to add a little extra speed when needed. On the 17th, he hit a drive 348 yards, and had the Japanese television network, buzzing about who is this young, 165 lb guy from America hitting the golf ball so far past the Japanese players?
Jay will play a full schedule in Japan this year. This week he will be playing in the Tsuruya Open at the Yamanohara Golf Club in Hyogo, Japan. Click Here for Live Scoring.