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Second golf great presents trophy to South Korea's Choi


Five weeks ago K.J. Choi received a trophy from Jack Nicklaus. On Sunday, he got one from Tiger Woods.

"Here's your trophy, big guy," said Woods, who watched as Choi kissed the silver-colored replica of the US Capitol.

For the second time in five weeks, the biggest South Korean star of the US PGA Tour soaked up the cheers as the prized guest at a golf party thrown by one of golf's greats. Having accepted the crystal trophy from host Nicklaus at the Memorial in late May, Choi persevered in an adventurous back nine for a three-stroke victory at Woods' inaugural event, the AT&T National.

"This tournament is just too big for me to really absorb right now," Choi said. "But it's a very big win for me, and definitely the biggest win of my career."

Choi shot a final-round 68 for a 9-under 271 total to win for the sixth time on the US PGA Tour, the most victories by an Asian-born player, and his US$1.08 million first-place check matched the one he got for winning Nicklaus' Memorial last month.

Brad Bryant took advantage of another US Senior Open flameout by Tom Watson, shooting a 4-under-par 68 to complete the second-biggest comeback in tournament history on Sunday.

Bryant's birdie on the 16th hole at Whistling Straits gave him the lead as Watson frittered away six shots in a five-hole stretch on the back nine -- the latest in a series of final-round disappointments for Watson in the high-profile senior major.

Bryant, 52, won only once in more than two decades on the US PGA Tour. But he finished third on the Champions Tour money list last year with two victories, and won again at the Regions Charity Classic in May.

It was the first victory in a senior major for Bryant, who finished second in last year's Senior US PGA championship.

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