South Korean women dom­i­nate golf for a rea­son

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS -

It was 6:30 p.m. on a Fri­day in 2012, and I walked over to the prac­tice green well af­ter the sec­ond round of the Weg­mans LPGA Cham­pi­onship in Rochester. There were five play­ers putting. All five were South Korean.

The South Korean dom­i­nance of women’s golf reached a new high at the U.S. Women’s Open Sun­day. Eight of the top 10 fin­ish­ers were South Korean. The win by rookie Sung Hyun Park was the ninth by a South Korean in 19 events this sea­son. It was the sev­enth by a South Korean in the last 10 U.S. Women’s Opens. It’s an amaz­ing record for a na­tion that has 15 per­cent of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion. Some golf fans com­plain about this dom­i­nance. Not me. Golf is a world game. The South Kore­ans are great. God bless them.

One rea­son they win is their work ethic. A big­ger rea­son: The KLPGA is a far bet­ter-funded, more com­pet­i­tive “Triple A” than ex­ists in Amer­ica. The Kore­ans are fun­da­men­tally sound, awe­some ball-strik­ers. They raise the bar, like Tiger Woods did for men’s golf. It’s on the rest of the women’s golf world to catch up.

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