Choi looking forward to return visit

KJ Choi
KJ Choi
Asia's most successful golfer is returning to New Zealand.

KJ Choi is set to play at the New Zealand Open in Queenstown again next month.

It will be third consecutive year he has played at the event, which begins on February 27 and runs until March 1.

The Open, which is hosted at Millbrook Resort and The Hills, boasts total prize purse of $1.45million.

The South Korean finished in a share of 17th place last year, although has won 29 times over 25 years as a professional.

‘‘I have greatly enjoyed my last two visits to the New Zealand Open and I cannot say enough about the presentation of the courses at Millbrook Resort and The Hills,’’ Choi said.

‘‘I also enjoy the format as it gives me a chance to play with amateur partners and also the opportunity to win a very prestigious golf title.

‘‘Queenstown is a very beautiful location. I spent time in New Zealand as a young professional and always have such fond memories of this stunning country and its warm and friendly people.

‘‘I played quite well last year and I feel if my game is at its best then I can be very competitive at Millbrook Resort, which will be the host course this time.’’

Choi has had a busy year since he was last in New Zealand, recently being an assistant captain to Ernie Els at the Presidents Cup.

New Zealand Open tournament director Michael Glading is thrilled the star is returning.

‘‘We were initially very excited to attract KJ to the New Zealand Open in 2018.

‘‘Once he came, he fell in love with the place and the tournament.

‘‘He put the work in to his game in 2019 and he was among the top 10 scorers over the weekend last year.

‘‘There’s no doubt that he still has the game and ability to be a real factor in this tournament.’’

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