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PGA TOUR Victories (2)
International Victories (9)
Q SCHOOL GRADUATE
Playing in the European Tour's Shenzhen International in China in mid-April, strung together weekend rounds of 66-69 to go with his opening 72-71 to T4 with six others, two shots out of the Kiradech Aphibarnrat-Hao Tong Li playoff that Aphibarnrat won. A week later, again lingered near the lead all week at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters. Opened with a 1-over 73 then parlayed under-par rounds of 71-69-71 (5-under) into a T5 finish with Thitiphun Chuayprakong, three shots out of the Lee Westwood-Chapchai Nirat playoff that Westwood won. Had a solid showing at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in July. Had a pair of 67s in the second and final rounds to T10 with six others, four shots behind winner Rickie Fowler at Gullane GC. Enjoyed four rounds in the 60s at the UBS Hong Kong Open (68-66-67-69) in mid-October 2015 to finish T7, with three others at Hong Kong GC.
Made just 12 cuts in 28 PGA TOUR starts and, at No. 167 in the FedExCup standings, missed the Playoffs for a third consecutive year. After nine missed cuts and a disqualification from the Barracuda Championship, ended his season on a high note by posting four consecutive rounds in the 60s at the Wyndham Championship (T45). Attempted to regain his exempt status for the 2014-15 PGA TOUR Season via the Web.com Tour Finals but was unsuccessful. After a T41 (Hotel Fitness Championship) and a 73rd-place finish (Chiquita Classic), missed the final two cuts of the season.
Made nine of 19 TOUR cuts and finished No. 172 in the FedExCup standings. Failed to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs for a second consecutive season. Did not record a top-10 for the second straight year. On the Japan Golf Tour in late-September, at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open, shot weekend rounds of 69-69 to finish solo third, two shots behind winner Masahiro Kawamura.
Finished No. 127 in the FedExCup standings to miss the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time since 2008. Did not record a top-10 during the season. Was T10 late in the year, at the Barclays Singapore Open, with a 68-69 weekend at Sentosa GC.
Made 14 of 18 cuts and had a personal-best five top-10 finishes. Made second career start at TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and finished No. 30 in the final FedExCup standings. In early October, finished solo fourth at the Kolon Korea Open. After three straight sub-70 rounds at the UBS Hong Kong Open, he shot a 1-over 71 Sunday to drop to a T7.
Reigning PGA Championship winner posted a pair of top-10 finishes in 21 starts. Missed the cut in defense of PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Shot a final-round, 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory over Welshmen Rhys Davies and Stephen Dodd in the Volvo China Open on the European Tour. Picked up his second title of the season at the Korea Open in his homeland, the second time he's won his country's national open (2006). Trailed third-round leader Noh Seung-yul by 10 strokes entering the final round but shot a 5-under 66 (six birdies and an eagle) to win by two strokes.
Enjoyed a career-defining year with two wins, including The Honda Classic and PGA Championship. First Asian-born player to claim a major championship title with his win at Hazeltine in the PGA Championship, beating third-round leader Tiger Woods. Also earned a spot on his first International Team in The Presidents Cup.Ranked No. 21 in the FedExCup standings following the BMW Championship to earn first career trip to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Finished 23rd in the FedExCup.Joined Charlie Wi in representing South Korea at the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup.
Made 17 cuts in 23 starts on the PGA TOUR, his second year on TOUR. His best finish was a T9 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Earned full exemption for 2009 via the 2008 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament where he successfully made it through the final two stages to earn his card. At PGA West in La Quinta, CA., posted five of six rounds in the 60s to finish T18. He was one of 14 rookies to come out of the 2007 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament.
Tied for sixth in the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. Had played in 14 TOUR events over the years and made eight cuts, including five of nine in 2007. Best finish was a T30 at the Masters. Had three top-25 finishes on the European Tour, all T21s.
Posted Asian Tour victories at the Korea Open in a field which included Retief Goosen and the HSBC Champions (co-sanctioned event with the European Tour). The latter victory was worth a career-best $833,000 and came by two strokes over Tiger Woods. Win was worth full status on the European Tour and moved him into the top 40 at the time in the Official World Golf Ranking. Victory made him just the second Korean player to win on the European Tour, joining K.J. Choi. Four-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, with his most recent victory coming at the 2006 Suntory Open in September, thanks to a final-round 63.
Won the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic on the Japan Golf Tour.
Won the Sun Chlorella Classic and the Asahi-Ryokuken Yomiuri Memorial. First-round 66 had him one stroke off the lead in the Shinhan Korea Golf Championship, a PGA TOUR-affiliated event. Third-round 80 dropped him out of contention. Finished T11 behind winner Arron Oberholser.
Rookie of the Year on the Korean Tour.