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Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Visitor] Email
Well said yourself, Chris. I thought the
pot-shots at Choi were lame. Heck, no one
in the media even says his name correctly.

Kam-sah-hamnidah (Thank you) from Mr. Choi,
and at least one other reader who's lived
in a non-English speaking country and knows
it takes a lot of work to master another
language as an adult.
2007-08-27 @ 21:16
Chris, likewise I enjoy your column, but on this occasion I think you should get out more. I was not taking "pot shots" at Choi, and indeed went out of my way to express my admiration of him. I was merely expressing my frustration at not being able to understand what he is saying because, actually, when I do understand what he is saying I find it very interesting, as was the latest transcription of his interview by asapsports.com.

The problem is not unique to Choi. I have to work with someone who speaks like a machinegun and I can't understand them either - and they are Irish! I think Choi's "problem" is similar - he tries to speak too quickly (a bit like his swing trouble at the start of Sunday). so we don't get the opportunity to work out from the words he is using what he is saying. And I genuinely want to know what he is saying.

But to suggest that a bit of mild ribbing about it is beyond the pale - boy, I know we're in the grips of political correctness but I didn't realise it had gone this far. We won't be able to have a pop at our mothers-in-law next!

2007-08-28 @ 03:35
PS: (Sorry, forgot something) - the interviews I was referring to were the ones I listened to myself on XM radio. I have recorded them and played them over and still can barely understand what he is trying to say.
2007-08-28 @ 03:38
Comment from: Christian Lee [Visitor] Email
Taking pot shots at Choi just because you
are frustrated for not understanding what he was saying is a biggest bs i've heard...

You were clearly mocking him... Deny it and continue to lie, but readers are not as dumb as you think Mr. Urgqqqqq..
2007-08-29 @ 23:54
Comment from: Christian Lee [Visitor] Email
PS: (Sorry, I forgot something too)-
if you don't want to apologize for mocking Choi for his poor English and if you really believe that you were merely trying to understand him, then just apologize and admit the fact that your choice of words in your column was wrong. "choi makes sense on the course at least"-- you can't tell me or anyone that you had no intention of mocking him... Be serious dude.
2007-08-29 @ 23:56
Comment from: H [Visitor]
Chris, I very much appreciate your intelligent insight. I cannot believe a well-read site such as worldgolf.com would let Urquhart waste their precious space with such ignorance. As for Mr. Urquhart, it is actually YOU who need to get out more. Defending your trashy, valueless and attention- grubbing comment at a fellow journalist's site is pretty lame, don't you think? Shouldn't you be spending more time trying to figure out what other international golfers are saying during their interviews? Maybe that would help.
2007-08-30 @ 03:10
Comment from: Jay [Visitor] Email
It's people like Urquhart so senseless, egocentric, and coward that makes us "ugly American" throughout the world.

And it's people like you Urq that's going to question "why is s/he still using interpreter after all these years playing here?"

And I'm sure you wouldn't publicly bs about player's English if s/he were a European.

2007-08-30 @ 16:53
Comment from: Steve [Visitor] Email
Dear Mr. Baldwin,

Thank you for speaking out on this. It means a lot to people who come to this country and try and try and try...(just as KJ is)...to just fit in and be respected regardless of race, class, or creed.

This is not about being politically correct. It's about being American.

I wrote on Mr. Urguhart's site. And he responded by basically saying, "Dude, chill out."

I don't think he's a complete ass. I just think he got lazy with that article and let personal views get in the way with his usually spot on critique on the game.

sigh...whattayou gonna do?

All the best,


Proud Korean-American.

2007-08-30 @ 20:27
Comment from: Brandon Tucker [Member] Email

Are you fluent in any other languages?
2007-08-31 @ 12:47
Comment from: BV [Visitor]
WoW - I think Chris actually did something honorable for a change. It's PROBABLY OK to 'tease' a GROUP of people and be 'funny'...but it isn't often fun when you target an INDIVIDUAL...just my opinion.

Note to JAY: Mr Urqhart is English, not American...so your post's first paragraph makes NO sense! ;)
2007-09-05 @ 13:51

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