Choi's old putter wasn’t enough in Sweden
STOCKHOLM, Sweden – K.J. Choi of South Korea came into Sunday at the Nordea Scandinavian Masters poised to end a seven-year victory drought on the European Tour. Tied with co-leader Richard S. Johnson of Sweden, Choi’s opening drive wasn’t a sign of good things to come.
He hooked it out of bounds.
Choi’s double-bogey-7 on the first gave Johnson a two-shot lead, and it didn’t get any better for the South Korean.
Choi put two balls in the water at No. 15 for a 9. Finishing 13th, his round of 78 was third worst for the day.
Two weeks ago, Choi switched to an unorthodox sidesaddle putting method once used by the great Sam Snead.
But after missed cuts at the John Deere Classic and then in The Open Championship at St. Andrews, the 40-year-old returned to a conventional style.
“I need more practice at it,” Choi said.
Johnson made a 30-foot birdie putt at the last hole to shoot a 1-under 71 (277) and finish a stroke clear of Rafa Echenique of Argentina.
Choi’s last victory in Europe came in the 2003 German Masters.