No one had a longer wait to see how the Farmers Insurance Open concluded than K.J. Choi. Done at 1:10 p.m. local time and the leaders only on the 11th hole, Choi waited more than two hours until it was determined that his effort was one stroke shy of a win.
Still, he wasn’t the least bit disappointed.
“My game was wonderful,” said Choi, 43, who closed with a 6-under 66, the best score of the week on the demanding South Course.
Starting the day joint 27th and six back, Choi got into a tie at 8 under at the 14th, bogeyed 17, but made a clutch birdie at 18. It meant he had to hang around, but he was more than happy to do so.
After all, chances to win have not come often for Choi. In fact, his tie for second was his best finish since a solo second at the 2011 AT&T National.
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the Jan. 31 issue of Golfweek magazine; click here to subscribe.