A Chi­nese star

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Na­tion­al­ity: Chi­nese In need of a hero: China is wait­ing for its golf hero to emerge. The coun­try has sev­eral no­table play­ers, but com­pe­tence and the oc­ca­sional good per­for­mance are not enough. We’re look­ing for star­dust, a golf­ing ver­sion of the great Chi­nese bas­ket­ball player Yao Ming, who be­came the face of the NBA in his home coun­try.

Un­lim­ited po­ten­tial: With a mid­dle class of over 100 mil­lion peo­ple, the Chi­nese have the money and the time to take golf to their hearts – if the com­mu­nist gov­ern­ment al­lows it.

A Chi­nese Tiger: The coun­try needs to be elec­tri­fied by its own Tiger. When – rather than if – he or she ar­rives, the sport will never be the same again.

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