Soo-Yun Kang wins the Safeway Classic: but what about the guys?
Let?s take a look at the weekend?s Tour events.
Tiger Woods is $1.3 million richer since winning the WGC-NEC Invitational yesterday, beating out runner-up Chris DiMarco by one stroke, and the Safeway Classic was won by none other than ? a Korean. Soo-Yun Kang picked up her first LPGA victory at the Safeway Classic in Portland, Oregon.
And she didn’t just win it, she crushed it. Wire-to-wire (64, 68, 69 in the three-round tourney) to win by four strokes–and that was with a bogey on 18.
Good Lord, did you see the Safeway leaderboard? All five of the top spots were occupied by Koreans. In 1997, there wasn?t a single Korean on the LPGA. Now there are 26.
What has happened to the daughters of the Land of the Morning Calm in the last eight years to create this international phenomenon?
Whatever it is they?re putting in the Seoul water supply apparently has no effect on males. Don?t Korean men play golf too? There are only three playing on the PGA Tour, and they?re not exactly setting new records. What?s up with that?
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But then you have to wonder how Jeong Jang can win the British Open when she's barely 4'11". No, she's not a 6 footer, but she gives up a good 6-8 inches to most other players on the LPGA tour... And over a foot to players like Wie and Jill McGill. And yet, she can still win it. Wouldn't the same apply to the men, with a person at, oh, 5'8" or so being able to compete without the power game?
Just a thought...
I am surprised there aren't more Japanese women in the US, maybe the Japanese aren't as desperate to leave their homeland.
Imagine if an NBA team won the championship with a roster full of Germans or Lithuanians. (San Antonio doesn't quite fit because it has players from multiple countries) That would be a story. And its happening on the LPGA.
But seriously, who cares where good players come from and if one nationality dominates for a period of time. We "Americans" don't freak out when most NBA players are american? or top curling champions are canadian? do u think koreans rise up and worry about the state of martial arts cause too many non-asians are participating, competing and winning in Tae Kwon Do tournaments? I don't hear any wailing from the highlands of scotland about LGPA players historically being americans? Why do we care if a majority of the top LPGA players are korean. Get with the times. Its about elevating the game. Good for Koreans to promote women in golf. I'd love it if more women in the U.S. were invited to business meetings on the golf course and fathers took daughters to the golf course while leaving sons home to mow the lawn or wash dishes.
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