Jay Choi had missed 5 of 7 cut’s in the early part of the 2013 season on the Japan Golf Tour. The 29 year old from Southern California, has been fighting an erratic driver that has prevented him from hitting as many green’s as he is accustomed to. Combine that with a bulky putter and you have the recipe for an unhappy tour player.
Choi brought in his coach, George Pinnell, during the Diamond Cup to work with him on any mechanical issue’s that might be causing his erratic play. After several day’s working with Pinnell and TrackMan, Choi discovered the issue with his driver and his putting. Jay had several week’s off to work with Yamaha, his equipment supplier and Scotty Cameron, the supplier of his putter. Jay has made a putter change combined with a change in his driver spec’s and the result has been the 13th place finish at the Japan Golf Tour Championship at Shishido Hills.
Pinnell found out the following day, that the first round had been played in a steady rain storm. Jay’s 77, left him in 115th place! In the second round the talented tour player scored 7 birdie’s and a lone bogey to post his best score of 2013, a 66. The 66 was good enough to move him into a tie for 50th place at -1 that was conincedently, the cut! There was more to come.
Jay fired another 66 with 7 birdie’s and 1 bogey. The third round, “moving day”, moved him into a tie for 10th. The final was solid but not as productive as his “back to back” 66’s. His 71 was good for 13th place and his best finish in 2013.
Jay told his coach, “it is good to have my swing back and to have confidence in my putter.” Jay has a lot of fan support in Japan and is looking forward to continuing his streak this week at the Gate Way to The Open Mizuno Open.