Asian Persuasion: Korea to Host Prez Cup in 2015
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Eye on the prize

After the Presidents Cup opening ceremony on Wednesday, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem held a press conference with the three South Koreans on the Internationals team: K.J. Choi, K.T. Kim and Y.E. Yang sitting beside him. Finchem announced that South Korea will host the Presidents Cup in 2015 at an undetermined venue, marking the first time the event has been held in Asia and highlighting the golf boom in the region.

As for the players’ reaction? Well, naturally, they’re thrilled and proud, according to the AP:

“I am very honored, very delighted … it is a positive step for the development of the game in Korea,” Choi said through a translator. “K.T., Y.E and I will try to keep up our ‘A’ game up to 2015.”

Yang said he was pleased to see such a “festival of golf” coming to his home country.

“I feel very proud that I picked up golf as a living,” he said. “I have no doubt this will improve the golf culture and golf market in Korea.”

Choi, 41, was asked if he would return to the matches as a captain, but he hopes he’ll still be playing.

“No, I’m just going to try and condition myself until 2015,” Choi said. “I learned a lot from playing with the Aussie players this week, how they take pride in playing in their home country. I would like to feel that, and feel that kind of feel back home, not as a captain but as a player.”

He shared his fellow South Korean players’ sentiments that the decision would enhance the sport in his country and in Asia in general.

“It was my role and I guess Y.E.’s role to sort of open up the windows for Asian players in Europe and in the U.S.,” Choi said. “I believe that we sort of trailblazed that Asian players can compete at that level as well.

“With the Presidents Cup coming into Korea and with a lot of Asian players growing up, it’s going to be another endeavor for the younger generation to build upon what we opened up.”

Go K.J.! — one of the genuinely good guys out there.