Choi shows the way for Asia

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Despite being unable to improve on his third place finish in 2004, KJ Choi believes an Asian player can finally win the Masters.

Despite being unable to improve on his third place finish in 2004, KJ Choi believes an Asian player can finally win the Masters.

Choi, who played with Tiger Woods for all four rounds this week, has for many years been considered as the best South Korean player on the tour, with seven victories to his name.

However, countryman YE Yang came from knowhere to beat him to a first major title when he won the US PGA Championship last year, and for a while on Sunday Choi looked capable of making it back-to-back majors for his nation.

But bogeys at the 13th and 14th brought his hopes of victory crashing to earth, with Choi eventually settling for a tie for fourth place with Tiger Woods.

However, he believes his impressive performance will more confidence to players from the up-and-coming Asian nations that they too can compete on the biggest stage of all.

“In the past, the mindset of the Asian players was that when it comes to the Masters, there was a fear factor there, that we can’t do it,” he said.

“Now I hope that this gives motivation for the younger players, other players, that they can do it at big tournaments like the Masters.

“It was exciting like 2004, but only this year I think it was, on a personal level, it was better for me because my playing level has improved a lot compared to 2004.

“I think it was more gratifying for me this year and the fans were very supportive and just playing with Tiger for the last four days it was a very good experience for me.”

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