Before his Players Championship victory, K.J. Choi had gone three years since hoisting a trophy on the PGA Tour. It was a big deal for the South Korean to win at TPC Sawgrass, so you expected him to party like a rockstar after earning the biggest title of his career, and a hefty $1.710 million for his efforts.
While Choi may have celebrated in style on Sunday evening, he did something most never saw coming: he took $200,000 from his winner's check and donated it to help the tornado relief efforts in the ravaged areas of the southeastern United States.
"While winning the Players Championship was a defining point in my life, there were those who were going through their low point," Choi said in a statement on Wednesday. "I want the victims of the tornadoes to know that their misfortunes will not be ignored."
Earlier this year, LPGA player In-Kyung Kim donated her entire winnings from one event to various charities, as well as the Lorena Ochoa Foundation. But let's be honest, hearing these stories never gets old.
Considering the amount of money professional athletes make on a yearly basis, it only seems right that they give back to those in need. Choi obviously saw a great opportunity to help an area of the country that desperately needs him, and he did exactly what he needed to do by donating a chunk of his winnings.
Karma can be your best friend or your worst enemy. In this case, Choi definitely has some good karma on his side after his incredible gesture.