Choi continues comeback season at U.S. Open

K.J. Choi shot 70 in the first round of the U.S. Open.


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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised about K.J. Choi’s comeback from a bogey-double bogey start at the U.S. Open.

Choi was 3-over par after two holes Thursday, but made six birdies over his next 12 holes. He ended up shooting 1-under 70, good enough for a share of the early lead, after bogeys on Nos. 15 and 17.

“My body is very cold this morning, a little bit,” Choi said of his start.

This whole season has been something of a comeback for the Korean. Choi is ranked 38th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He started this year ranked 88th after dropping 70 spots in 2009. His slide in the rankings was due in part to a lower-back injury.

“First of all, my body physically feels much better than last year,” Choi said after his tie for fourth at the Masters, “and secondly I’m thinking very positive.”

Choi has made the cut in all 13 PGA Tour starts this year, finishing in the top 25 seven times. He was second at the Transitions Championship and tied for fourth at the Masters.

Choi’s best U.S. Open finish is a tie for 15th at Pinehurst in 2005. He’s made just four of nine cuts.

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