Sunday 21 January 2018

Koreans a driving force

South Korea's Na Yeon Choi kisses the championship trophy after winning the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament. Photo: AP
South Korea's Na Yeon Choi kisses the championship trophy after winning the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament. Photo: AP

Karl MacGinty

NA YEON CHOI (no relation to KJ) certainly didn't have it all her own way at Blackwolf Run, having to overcome a mid-round crisis before wrapping up her four-stroke US Women's Open victory over compatriot Amy Yang (no relation to YE).

Yet the Koreans have become so dominant in women's professional golf, they're in danger of making the Majors monotonous. Choi and Yang were the only two players to be under-par after 72 holes in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Germany's Sandra Gal got closest to them on one-over-par, while another Korean, Il Hee Lee, China's Shanshan Feng and Italy's Giulia Sergas were tied fourth on two-over.

Paula Creamer was America's top finisher in a share of seventh place with Japan's Mika Miyazato at three-over. Hardly the sort of leaderboard to set the TV ratings humming. Is it any wonder then that the men's PGA Tour in the US have decided to do away with

Q-School, the quickest route into the

big time for foreign players,

after this season?

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