Choi, who cut his professional teeth in Asia before going on to win eight PGA Tour titles, is hosting the Asian Tour's newest tournament this week where his foundation will also support various initiatives towards the local communities.
Bangladeshi Siddikur, fourth on the Order of Merit, led the chorus of praise, saying Choi's initiative was a huge boost for the game in the region.
"When I was growing up, I knew K.J. Choi's name. He's the number one player from Korea and he's very famous around the world. He's giving back a tournament which is nice. It's great for us. There are some players whom I like and K.J. is one of them," said Siddikur.
"He played on the Asian Tour before going on to become a star on the US Tour. It'll be nice if I have a chance to win his tournament. I'm hitting it quite good the past few weeks, so I'm happy with my form."
Chinese veteran Zhang Lian-wei has competed alongside Choi since the late 1990s and expressed his gratitude to the Korean strongman, who is the highest ranked Asian player in the world at 14th position.
"I think it is great that K.J. is hosting this tournament on the Asian Tour. He started his career with us and for him to do something like this speaks well of his intentions and his heart. I'm grateful that he has given me an invitation to play in his tournament as we used to play a lot together in the past in Asia," said Zhang, a five-time winner on the Asian Tour.
The Chinese ace added that Choi has also given him the motivation to try to launch his own Asian Tour tournament in China in the near future.
"Hopefully I will also have a chance to host my own tournament on the Asian Tour soon. I'm already hosting a junior golf tournament and it would be my aim to do something with the Asian Tour," said the 46-year-old.
Three-time Asian Tour champion Chapchai Nirat of Thailand has regularly followed Choi's progress on the world stage and admired the Korean's achievements.
"I have always liked K.J. as a player. After he played on the Asian Tour, he went straight to America. I have always liked him and whenever I see him at tournaments, we try to speak to each other. He's a good man," said Chapchai.
"When I see what he's done in his career, it gives us motivation. For him to host a tournament this week, it's very good as he's helping us. Our players are happy to be playing in the CJ Invitational. I want to thank him for his efforts. It's a big tournament for us."
With a big prize pot to shoot for, Asia's top stars led by reigning Order of Merit champion Noh Seung-yul of Korea, three-time PGA Tour winner Anthony Kim of the United States and Choi will spearhead the elite field at the immaculate Haesley Nine Bridges.
For some, the CJ Invitational is another fight for survival to finish in the top-60 of the Order of Merit which will see players retaining their Tour cards for 2012.
Australia's Scott Barr, currently 62nd on the rankings, is hoping to finally solve his putting woes to move himself into the safety zone. A top-20 finish at the Hero Indian Open last week provided a huge boost for the Singapore-based Barr, who became a father for the first last month.
"The golf course looks good, it looks really nice. It is sort of generous off the tee but the greens are fast. Conditions are magnificent. It's a beautiful looking course. It doesn't seem overly demanding off the tee and the premium will be on the iron play and putting," said Barr.
"I'm sort of battling away to keep my card. I just need my putter to warm up and I think I'll be fine. I don't know what's wrong. I can't quite figure it out. I've struggled this year with the putter and it's been frustrating. I've changed more putters this year than in the last 10 years!"
CJ Group, Korea's food-to-entertainment conglomerate, has a three-year agreement to title sponsor the tournament which will be beamed live on the Asian Tour's global television platform which reaches over 200 countries and 850 million homes. It will also be broadcast on KBS and J-Golf channel.
The tournament will feature 55 players each from the Asian Tour and Korean Golf Tour plus 10 sponsor's invitations, making it a 120-man field.
The K.J. Choi Foundation and CJ Donors Camp will conduct various initiatives to support the local communities as Choi is a keen supporter of worthy charity programmes both in Korea and around the world.
The Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club, a par-72, 7,229-yard championship course, is rated as one of the finest in Korea. Its ambition is to become the "Best Private Members Club in the World."