Choi Gives Chunk of Players Purse to Charity
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

K.J. is kind

K.J. Choi, who became the first Asian to win The Players, is donating $200,000 of his $1.7 million in winnings to help the victims of the tornado-hit areas in the southeastern United States. Choi said that while capturing The Players title was a defining moment of his career, he knew there were those going through a low point.

“I want the victims of the tornadoes to know that their misfortunes will not be ignored,” said Choi in a statement released by the PGA Tour. “Dozens of tornadoes in late April were responsible for the deaths of more than 300 people and billions of dollars in property damage in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The K.J. Choi Foundation will work with relief organizations such as Red Cross to ensure that the funds will be used to aid the families of the victims.”

Choi often gives a percentage of his earnings to a local church in the area.

The K.J. Choi Foundation was founded in 2007 in Seoul, Korea, by Choi to help underprivileged children and people around the world, and to contribute to building a healthier and brighter future for the global community.

(AP Photo/David Goldman)