Posted by: Rolf | February 28, 2011

Red star rising

The game of golf has traditionally been dominated by Western players, but that may be changing. Tang Yue looks at one athlete who may soon be bringing the trophies home to China.

Golf is not new to Asia, and some of the most challenging and beautiful golf courses are springing up all over the continent. Asian players, too, are edging into the spotlight. Yani Tseng from Chinese Taipei took the top spot in the women’s world ranking on Feb 13, 18 months after Korean Yang Yong-eun became the first Asian man to win a major title with his triumph at the 2009 PGA Championship.

While golfers from the Chinese mainland are still biding their time lower down the ranks, it will not be long before one of them rises to the top like the proverbial phoenix. That rising star could well be Liang Wenchong.

The 32-year-old has already made his first move with an attention-grabbing feat. He broke the golf course record with an eight-under-par 64 in the third round at last year’s PGA Championship hosted by Whistling Straits. At the post-match conference, he had thrown down the gauntlet: “Let the world know there is professional golf in China”.

Read more at Red star rising

See you at the first tee…

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