The golf world found itself enamored with a largely unknown journeyman this weekend.
Ho-sung Choi went from 554th in the world to No. 1 in the hearts of all those who swing the golf club just a little bit differently thanks to his run at the Korean Open.
The 44-year-old with the exaggerated step through impact found himself two off the pace through 54 holes and in contention for one of two available invitations to this year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Choi fell out of the hunt for tournament title and the Open exemption with a final-round 74, but nonetheless left an impression with his tie for fifth.
Asked about Choi’s swing Saturday night, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee offered the following:
“If Chi Chi Rodriguez and Gary Player had a golf school, what would their first professional golfer swing like? Voila,” Chamblee said.
“Both those legends had walk through finishes, but Ho Sung has taken this move to a new level with a borderline pirouette to keep from hanging back.
“In an era when professional golfers get accused of having golf swings that all look alike, I’ve never seen anyone swing quite like Ho Sung Choi.
“I can’t wait to try this on the range tomorrow.”