Overhauled Swing Helps Choi Win TPC

Overhauled Swing Helps Choi Win TPC

The Players Championship had been over for perhaps 10 minutes and Steve Bann was talking excitedly to his wife, who was back home in Australia, about what he had just witnessed.

And by that, we mean he was on the TPC Sawgrass property, with the two combatants well within his range of vision, as the heat was turned up to maximum boil.

One of the longtime swing coach's pupils, K.J. Choi, was facing a must-make par putt on the 72nd hole and had already missed three times from roughly the same range over the previous nine holes. This time, he needed to make the putt to force a sudden-death playoff with David Toms, who had just rocked the joint by making a clutch 17-foot birdie effort to put the pressure squarely back on Choi.

The place still buzzing around him, Bann took a deep breath as he tried to describe over the phone what his client had just accomplished. There was one problem -- parts of it were a tad indescribable.

"That five-footer he made after David made that birdie putt on the last, I didn't want to look," Bann said into his cell phone. "I didn't want to look. In fact, I still don't know what happened because I didn't look."

It wasn't always pretty, especially on the greens, but the stocky South Korean they nicknamed the Tank finally broke a three-year victory drought when he came from behind on Sunday to beat Toms on the first extra hole, securing the biggest of his eight PGA Tour titles by far.

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