Chois second chance


AUGUSTA, Ga. – K.J. Choi told friends, family, anyone that would listen, really, that he relished the chance to play the first two historic rounds with Tiger Woods at the Masters. Fate, and a steady golf game, has smiled on him to give him one more turn in the fishbowl.

Choi is scheduled to go out with Woods in the day’s penultimate group (2:35 p.m., ET), two behind the leaders at 6 under par. Although we applaud Choi’s excitement, it seems a tad misplaced considering the Korean’s head-to-head record against the world No. 1.

Counting the first two rounds this week, Choi has been paired with Woods 15 times on Tour and has beaten him head-to-head just three times, in Round 1 at the 2007 Players (71-75), Round 3 at the ’03 WGC-American Express Championship (68-69) and on Thursday at Augusta National (67-68).

Included in that list are also three match play duels (2008 and ’03 WGC-Match Play and 2003 Presidents Cup, foursomes), which Choi also lost.