Monday, March 09, 2009

Swell From The Pacific

Y.E. Yang’s victory at the Honda Classic should be of no surprise to anyone as an increasing number of players from the Pacific Rim continue to invade American soil. Yang became the 2nd Korean-born player (K.J. Choi) to win a PGA Tour event. With his victory this past Sunday, he jumped to 9th on the PGA Money List and will certainly make a bigger jump from #460 on the WGC.

18-year old Danny Lee (from New Zealand, and of Asian descent) receives an automatic bid to Augusta as the reigning 2008 U.S. Amateur champion, his first ever Masters. He recently won the Johnnie Walker Classic, beating out a tough field that included Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Anthony Kim and Ian Poulter.

Japanese phenom Ryo Ishikawa, only 17 years of age, got his first taste of the PGA a couple of weeks ago, even though he missed the cut at Riviera (Northern Trust Open).

What does this all mean? Hardly anything. That is, unless you don’t believe that players from mainland Asia, Indonesia and India won’t influence the game over here… because they will.

So learn how to update a leaderboard with calligraphy and character art. You’re going to need a lot of ink.

2 Comentários:

Anonymous said...

When Ichiro Suzuki first came to major league baseball, I have to admit I was upset. He came in and quickly dominated the league, winnnig both rookie of year and the MVP awards. He was a hitting machine and the ugly American in me was upset that someone from Japan can kick the crap of our so called Major League Picthers. Today, I love Ichiro and have learned that to honestly consider yourself World Champions - you really need to have all the best players in the world participate. I think golf should be no different and I expect a lot more players coming out from the Asain countries. This time, I welcome them with open arms.

DL

Dee Dee said...

Asians have loved golf for a long time....it was only a matter of time before they started winning tournaments here.....the young men and women of the Pacific Rim could show us a thing or two.

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