The unique swing of Hosung Choi made him an internet sensation over the summer. Now it’s made him a champion on the Japan Golf Tour.
Choi’s exaggerated follow through created a social media frenzy earlier this year, when he contended at the Korean Open and fell barely short of a qualifying spot in The Open. Here’s a refresher:
This weekend, he was still employing those same mannerisms, but this time they delivered a one-shot win at the Casio World Open after Choi closed out a final-round 67 with a two-putt birdie on the 72nd hole.
Choi finished the week at 15 under, one shot ahead of Aussie Brendan Jones. At age 45, Choi now has his first worldwide win in more than five years and is expected to climb inside the top 200 in the world as a result.
The win highlights a strong season for Choi that extends beyond a clip of his wild gesticulations. In addition to nearly booking a trip to Carnoustie, he has three other top-10 finishes in Asia and will have moved up more than 300 spots during the course of 2018 when the next world rankings are published.