Rory McIlroy bewildered by Ho-Sung Choi's PGA Tour invite to Pebble

McIlroy unsure whether Choi deserves an invite into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February.

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Thu, 24 Jan 2019

Rory McIlroy has questioned the decision to give golf's internet craze and current World No.194 Ho-Sung Choi an invite into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am next month.

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Choi, 45, has received plenty of media attention in recent months due to his extraordinary golf swing that sees him lean all over the shop upon striking the golf ball. 

As a result of Choi's recent Casio World Open victory on the Japan Tour and the social media coverage that has resulted from his swing, Choi has now picked up a sponsor's invite into the biggest tournament of his golfing life to date. 


While many golf fans are excited about the news, Northern Ireland's McIlroy has been left a little bemused by it all. 

"If you watch his swing up until impact, he's technically got a pretty good swing," said McIlroy, speaking to the media ahead of this week's Farmers Insurance Open where he goes in search of his first PGA Tour title in more than 10 months.

"He's obviously a very good player, but whether that means he should be taking a spot away from a PGA Tour player at a PGA Tour event, I'm not so sure."

McIlroy isn't particularly buying Choi's move at impact, either. 

"I'm not sure a golf shot should mean that much to you that you're doing that after you hit it, like it's just trying a little too hard," added McIlroy.

"You have to try hard at golf, but that's taking it to an extreme."

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tees off in two weeks time.