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May 8 2012

9:50 PM

Choi has tall task ahead

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Prior to last year, K.J. Choi had finished in the top 25 at THE PLAYERS Championship just twice in nine trips to TPC Sawgrass. Not exactly a great track record.

Then of course in 2011, he beat David Toms in a playoff.

No one, however, has successfully defended their title in 37 previous PLAYERS Championship.

“This is the type of a course where you have to really concentrate on every shot,” Choi said Tuesday. “There's so much pressure out there, emotionally, not only golf-wise, but you have to have control of your emotions as well. “You have to set your expectations low and not ignore all the risks that are out there, because if you lose one shot that could be it. That could be the end of the tournament.”

Choi comes into this year’s PLAYERS Championship having not exactly played his best, either.

He missed two of his last three cuts and hasn’t had a top 10 since the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Now he’ll try to do what no other player has done here: Successfully defend.

“I think this course is good in a way because it gives a fair amount of chance to both guys who can hit the ball long, and also guys who don't hit it as long,” he said. “Everybody has a chance.”

Even Choi, no matter how slim it might seem.

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