KJ Coi hosts Asian Tour in Korea
BY Bruce Young | 08 Oct 2013
The Asian Tour heads to Korea this week for the CJ Invitational hosted by K. Choi, the event played at the Haseley Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club in Seoul.
The event was first played in 2011 and has been won, fittingly, on both occasions by the host K.J Choi.
The leading world ranked player in the field is David Toms who has played sparingly of late but when he has he has done well. Toms finished 7th behind Jason Dufner at the PGA Championship and a solid 16th at the opening event of the Wyndham Championship.
Defending champion, Choi, has made a lot of cuts of late without really contending but they were against significantly stronger fields than he will face this week and he has a very good chance of winning this event for the third consecutive year.
Australia’s tournament winners on the Asian Tour this season, Scott Hend and Wade Ormsby are in the field, Hend coming of the back of his fine win in Taiwan last week.
Hend is currently second on the Asian Tour money list and although a long way behind Kiradech Aphibarnrat, he is having one of his best seasons in golf since last playing the PGA Tour on a full time basis in 2005. Hend finished 5th in this event last year, adding further to his chances this week.
Ormsby won his very first event as a professional when he won in India earlier in the season.
There is a large line-up of other Australians in the field many of them needing a good finish or two before season’s end if they are to retain their status for 2014.
There remains only six events on the Asian Tour in 2013 in which some of the fringe players will get starts so it is important to take advantage of weeks such as this.