In 2000, I rehearsed consistently on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass as I lived in Jacksonville, Florida, for almost a year after I moved to the United States to seek after my PGA TOUR profession. I would see the public banners of THE PLAYERS Championship victors being raised for a year of the year and I would frequently contemplate whether our Korean banner would be raised one day. Even after I moved to Houston, I actually visited TPC Sawgrass to rehearse and exactly the same idea would enter my thoughts each time.
I qualified for my first PLAYERS Championship in 2002 and completed in the best 30, which I felt was a decent exertion. It was the beginning of a yearly visit to TPC Sawgrass, which is a genuinely difficult green as it is long and hard to explore.
At the point when I showed up for the 2011 release, I completed tied second in New a little while earlier, so my game was fit as a fiddle. Curiously, my caddie Andy Prodger had said this to me toward the beginning of the week: “I don’t figure you can’t return to Korea this Sunday. I don’t have the foggiest idea why, yet I simply feel it.”
As I consider this now, Andy more likely than not detected something great planned to occur for us that week. He likely felt it was perhaps an ideal opportunity for me to win this lofty competition, despite the fact that I had never enlisted a main 10 at THE PLAYERS in nine past endeavors.
Subsequent to shooting a first round score of 70, making the mostly cut as my essential objective. Playing at TPC Sawgrass is rarely simple, as you need to shape the ball well and hit quality golf shots as the course tests each part of your game.
I circled back to a pleasant 68 in the second round to move right external the main 10 and it facilitated my psyche. From that point, I began considering getting a main 10 completion, and I zeroed in harder on each shot. On Saturday, I moved into the main five halfway through the round and, when play was suspended because of terrible climate, I prepared myself for an extreme Sunday as I needed to play 27 openings. Fortunately everything worked for me and subsequent to getting paperwork done for a third-cycle 67, I was just one shot back with one round to play.
It was a truly close battle throughout the day. David Toms drove for the majority of the last round yet discovered water on the sixteenth opening while at the same time driving by one stroke. I at that point put a decent birdie on the on the map standard 3, seventeenth opening to start to lead the pack, however David delivered a decent birdie on the last opening to compel a season finisher, which I ultimately won after he sadly missed a short standard putt in the main additional opening at the seventeenth.