“All skills are the same. If you work hard and wait, an opportunity will come someday.”
Choi Eun-woo, who enjoyed the thrill of winning the first championship in his life at the KLPGA Tour Nexen Saint Nine Masters held at the Gaya Country Club in Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do on the 23rd, has not been involved for nine years.
Choi Eun-woo, who went to Australia to study golf in the 5th grade of elementary school and returned after finishing high school and jumped into the KLPGA tour in 2015, did not achieve any significant results except for one runner-up.
Fortunately for him, he has never lost a seed by being pushed out of the top 60 in the prize money rankings while playing 8 seasons until last year.
Always hovering outside the top 30 on the money list, this was his 211th appearance.
It took him the second longest to win his first, behind An Songi (237 events).
Choi Eun-woo said, “It took time to adapt after coming back from Australia. I suffered for a long time after injuring my right hand in the third year when I was about to adapt.”
However, he never thought of quitting golf even if he did not perform as well as expected.
Choi Eun-woo said, “I didn’t start playing golf because my parents forced me to, but I liked it. I went to Australia to study golf because I wanted to. I like playing golf. I was upset when I couldn’t play because I was sick.”
“I tried to focus only on my play rather than the desire to win because I had a lot of strokes behind the lead. I didn’t look at the leaderboard even during the game. I peeked at the electronic signboard on the 17th hole and I knew my name was above it, but I didn’t know who was below it.
” He explained that he learned the proper ranking only after putting the second shot on the green fringe in the 18th hole (par 4), which was hit by the lead.
“At that time, I thought that if I putt two, I would win. I hit the first putt with the mindset of just matching the distance,” he said.
Choi Eun-woo cited putting training, which he putt hard in winter, as the driving force behind his victory.
Choi Eun-woo said, “I put par putts well, but I couldn’t put birdie putts well.” Maybe thanks to the intensive training, the putts were particularly good in this tournament, especially in the final round.
Choi Eun-woo said, “When I’m nervous, my putting stroke gets faster, so I tried not to do that this time. Today, the green was fast and dry, so I just tried to match the speed rather than try to put it in. I wasn’t aggressive. I putt at the tempo I thought.”
Today is the 62nd birthday of Choi Un-chul, the father of Choi Eun-woo. Mr. Choi always accompanied his daughter to competitions by car, prepared food for her at the accommodation, and supported her.
Choi Eun-woo said, “Every year at this competition, it was my father’s birthday. I always bought a cake and held a small birthday party at the dorm. There were many times when I went to Seoul depressed because of poor grades.”
Then, he smiled broadly, saying, “With the winning prize, I will buy a birthday present for my father first. I will also buy a present for my mother who cheered me on anxiously at home, and I will also buy food for my friends who cheered me on.”
He also said,토스카지노 “This year, in fact, I wanted to put down my desire to win and put meaning into every tournament and every shot. My goal is to play for a long time and have fun. I want to play healthy and have fun.” So, I will aim for many victories,” he said.
When asked to give advice to a fellow player who has not won for a long time, Choi Eun-woo said, “I have been patient and waited. Opportunities come. All skills are the same. It depends on how much more luck you have.” emphasized again and again.