Anna Katherine Clemmons
CloseAnna Katherine Clemmons is a contributing author for ESPN The Journal.
Final summer time Ho Sung Choi’s unorthodox — however wildly profitable — Blissful Gilmore-ish golf swing took over the web. The professional golfer, a winner on the Japanese Tour previously, managed to captivate tens of millions together with his swing… together with some celebrities.
Here is a two-minute oral historical past of Choi’s 15 minutes of fame. (To get a have a look at the swing itself, scroll to the underside.)
HO SUNG CHOI, CREATOR OF “THE FISHERMAN’S SWING”: I wanted a strategy to hit the ball farther, so my swing actions turned greater. I by no means anticipated to be a viral sensation.
AARON RODGERS, PACKERS QUARTERBACK: I watched video of his swing, and I tweeted that I would like to play with him as a result of I already had a Pebble Seaside associate, Jerry Kelly, who leans a ton. I believed that’d be a enjoyable pairing.
JERRY KELLY, THREE-TIME PGA TOUR WINNER: I believed the swing wasn’t actual. Then I noticed he’d received in Japan, so I tweeted, “Hey, my long-lost brother on the Japanese Tour!”
CHRIS O’DONNELL, ACTOR WHO WAS WITH RODGERS, KELLY AND CHOI AT PEBBLE BEACH: I would seen his swing when it first went viral. Then, when the pairings got here out, I requested, “Who’s Ho Sung Choi?” Later I watched the video once more and was like, “Oh my god, it is him!”
RODGERS: His affect positions are unimaginable. He tees it up so excessive, and apart from a popup on 10, he actually hit it effectively off the tee. He is tremendous flexible-it’s like a yoga backbend. I attempted to do one at one level on the vary, teasing with him, and my again began hurting.
Aaron Rodgers and Ho Sung Choi pose for a photograph on the 18th tee field in the course of the third spherical of the AT&T Pebble Seaside Professional-Am at Pebble Seaside Golf Hyperlinks. Credit score: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports activities
O’DONNELL: He turned an actual curiosity on the course-everybody needed to see his swing firsthand. I’ve performed in that match for over 20 years, and that was one of the enjoyable instances I’ve had.
RODGERS: I would like to play with him once more. I used to be telling his translator, “I need to throw some passes, see if he is received an arm.” However Ho Sung stored saying his arms had been too small.
CHOI: My distinctive swing has allowed me to be an approachable participant. I obtained a lot assist from the followers that week, and it actually made my coronary heart really feel full.
🚨NOT A DRILL🚨
Hosung Choi is enjoying Pebble Seaside at this 12 months’s @ATTProAm. pic.twitter.com/zly9Bvrgc8
— Skratch (@Skratch) January 14, 2019