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Tour Report: No. 55: K.J. Choi

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2013 PREVIEW: A year after winning THE PLAYERS, K.J. Choi’s scoring average increased nearly a stroke in 2012 — likely due to that slide from 81st to 137th in greens hit and 73rd to 172nd in strokes gained putting. Shore up those areas, and the steady Choi could be contending for his ninth TOUR win.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Given the quality of the field, Choi’s tie for eighth at Firestone — just his third top-10 in 31 World Golf Championships events — was probably the highlight. But he went on to finish 98th in the FedExCup, marking just the second time since the Playoffs began that Choi failed to crack the top 15. – Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: I imagine K.J. was disappointed in his season, winning less than $1 million and winding up 102nd on the list. He did not drive it well or putt well but always seems to find a way to rebound. K.J. is 17th in career money leaders. He’s a candidate for a big bounce back. — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Just two top 10s in a career-tying-low 21 starts, then successfully defended an event on the Korean Tour that he hosts. His inconsistency is best illustrated by the fact that he hasn’t deviated less than $1 million up or down from the previous year since 2006. As we prep for 2013, he’s an inexpensive roll of the dice at $969K. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

Regular Season ranking
77th

Final Playoffs ranking
98th

Best finishes T5 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
By the Numbers
Starts: 21
Cuts made: 16
Rounds played: 70
Top-10 finishes: 2
Money List rank: 102nd
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 162nd
Driving accuracy: 54th
Greens in regulation: 137th
Strokes gained-putting: 172nd
Scoring average: 140th

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