PGA Tour 2011: K.J. Choi Wins at The Players Championship

Jason KimCorrespondent IMay 15, 2011

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 15:  K.J. Choi of South Korea celebrates making a par-saving putt to defeat David Toms on the first playoff hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 15, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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South Korea native K.J. Choi notched his eighth victory on the PGA Tour Sunday, beating out David Toms in an exciting playoff hole at the 17th. 

What makes it even more of a better ending is the fact that the Par 3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass is one of the most notable holes in golf, and the fact that it was the biggest win of Choi's PGA Tour career.

His career started in 1994, so it did indeed take time for Choi. 

Toms missed a short putt for a par at less than five feet on the sudden death hole. That led to a bogey, dropping him to under 12. Choi then quickly made a short par, and he was the champion. 

What made this tournament more interesting is that on the green of the 18th hole, Toms had putted in for a long birdie, keeping him alive and summoning a sudden death playoff hole.

On the 17th (the time of the playoff hole), he had the golden opportunity to win the Players Championship if he had sunk in the birdie—but the ball missed by an inch and it looked as if there was going to be more holes played before a winner was declared. It seemed both players would make their pars and advance to the next playoff hole.

However, Toms missed the putt from less than five feet (as mentioned above), settling for a bogey. It just happened in the blink of an eye, as Toms' family reacted just the same as the fans did.

And before one knew it, K.J. Choi was being handed a trophy by Tim Clark, last year's winner of the Players Championship.