Hosung Choi wins Casio World Open with unique fisherman swing
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Hosung Choi wins Casio World Open with unique fisherman swing


Hosung Choi and his unique, fisherman-style golf swing broke through in a big way on the Japan Golf Tour on Sunday, as Choi won the Casio World Open to capture one of the circuit's biggest events.

Choi claimed his second JGTO title with a one-shot win over Brendan Jones at Kochi Kuroshio Country Club, including a 72nd-hole birdie to capture the trophy. YE Yang, the 2009 PGA champion, finished T-4 with Yuta Ikeda.

Hosung Choi's golf swing features a back-leg kick around and through the impact position after he hits the ball, making it look like a dramatized version of Arnold Palmer's swing. He kind of falls over to his left side as he watched the ball fly.

The Korean became an overnight sensation when up-and-coming pro Tee-K Kelly shared Choi's swing while he was watching the Asian Tour one night in June.

On the par-5 72nd hole, Choi blasted a drive right down the middle to set up an approach shot to reach the green in two.

After finding the green in two, Choi left his eagle putt just 18 inches away from the hole. Choi then tapped in for the winning birdie, which got him to 17-under 263 on the back of a closing 67.

For his efforts, Choi won ¥40,000,000, or $354,140. After the win, Choi took an amazing victory picture with the trophy that showcased his accentuated follow-through.

Choi should jump inside the top 250 in the Official World Golf Ranking.


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