AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Got a hankering from some old-fashioned Southern Seoul cooking?
The Masters leaderboard can certainly accommodate your appetite.
Masters rookie Kyung-Tae Kim started quickly in the second round at Augusta National on Friday morning and moved into a tie for seventh, giving South Korea three players in the top seven as play unwinds on the second day.
Kim, only 24, is playing in his third major championship ever and led the Japan Tour in earnings in 2010. The other two names in the leaderboard mix will be far less obscure to golf devotees with any sense of major-championship perspective.
K.J. Choi, who led the Masters last April before coming unraveled on the 13th hole in the final round, shot 67 on Thursday and is tied for fourth, while former PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang opened with a 66. Yang bogeyed his first hole on Friday.
Don't think for a moment that the Korean contingent isn't capable of hanging around. Yang is a former Marine and one of the toughest scrappers on the PGA Tour and Choi is a former powerlifter who certainly falls into the same category.
In fact, with Choi leading on the back nine here on Sunday last year, it appeared for a couple of hours that Korea might pull off the incomprehensible -- Eight monhts earlier, Yang had become the first Asian player to win a major at the PGA Championship and Choi was poised to make it two Grand Slam titles in a row for the emerging power in men's golf.
Choi, as he did two weeks ago at Bay Hill, is carrying between three and four hybrid clubs this week in an attempt to hit high, soft shots to tight pins. In other words, with the putter and three metal woods, he has eight clubcovers in the bag.