One of golf’s (suddenly) iconic swings will grace one of the game’s most iconic venues in February. Ho-sung Choi is coming to Pebble Beach to make his US PGA Tour debut. Try to stay calm, people.
The 45-year-old viral sensation told Korean media on Monday he has accepted a sponsor exemption into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am from February 7-10.
“I never imagined this day would come,” Choi said, according to multiple reports. “I took up golf at the age of 25, after a hard life. I’m fully aware that none of this would be possible without the love and support of my fans. I will, of course, do my best, wherever I go.”
Choi’s unorthodox “fisherman swing” and his over-the-top on-course antics have captivated golf fans across the world in the past year. Here’s a sampling:
— Yong Lee (@bwv878) November 25, 2018
Hosung doing Hosung things 😂 Love it! pic.twitter.com/rhT0ZZTv9p
— Travis Fulton (@travisfulton) December 22, 2018
But to be clear, Choi is the real deal with two Japan Golf Tour titles. And the journeyman Korean is playing the best golf of his life, including a win at the Casio World Open in November that propelled him into the top 200 of the Official World Golf Ranking (he’s currently No.200) for the first time.
There is also a petition to get Choi into the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a couple of weeks. Although it’s drawn more than 5,000 online signatures, the tournament has yet to offer Choi a spot in the field. Man, it would be a real shame if the guy came all the way to the US and only got to play in one event. Just saying…