Nothing lost in Presidents Cup translation for Choi

MONTREAL, Sep 26 (Reuters) KJ Choi may need an interpreter to handle Presidents Cup news conferences but the South Korean has had no trouble getting his message across on the course this year.

With two PGA Tour wins, Choi is speaking a language everyone in the International side understands as they bid to end United States's domination of the biennial team event.

While Choi dismissed suggestions of a language barrier, there is little doubt the Internationals face a big challenge in a competition where team work and tactics play a pivotal role, particularly in the alternate-shot format.

''I don't think language is a problem at all,'' Choi said through an interpreter yesterday.

''It's more about keeping your physical condition and shape for the week, and really playing your game and making sure you and your partner have your strategy planned out.'' Fiji's Vijay Singh is the only other member of the International team to have claimed two titles this season but has struggled with his form recently, leaving Choi as one of captain Gary Player's leading weapons.

Playing in his second Presidents Cup, Choi understands the importance of the event, especially for the development of the sport in golf-crazy Korea.

''I think the Presidents Cup doesn't fall behind at all to the Ryder Cup,'' said Choi, the most prolific Asian-born winner on the PGA Tour with a total of six victories.

''It's a tournament where we international players can get together and showcase to the world our talents. I believe it proves the level of skill of all the players on our team.'' REUTERS BJR SSC1040

Story first published: Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 12:25 [IST]
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