Shin Storms to Win as Asia Dominate
Byline: DEREK LAWRENSON
FOURTEEN years was all it took for golf in the Far East to go from Asia minor to Asia major.
Fourteen years after Se Ri Pak became the first Asian to win a major championship, her South Korean compatriot Jiyai Shin completed an overwhelming nine-shot victory in the Ricoh British Open at Royal Liverpool yesterday that symbolised the region's complete domination of women's golf.
Not only have Asian women now completed the Grand Slam this year, they have won the last seven majors in succession.
Their dominance is in stark contrast to the men's game where, in 423 majors played since the first Open in 1860, the only Asian winner has been Korean YE Yang, who won a duel with Tiger Woods at the USPGA three years ago.
Alongside the brilliant Taiwanese Yani Tseng, the driving force in the women's game has, indeed, been the Koreans, where producing a good woman golfer seems to be the primary ambition for many households.
Shin completed her victory with one of the great performances in the recent history of this event. It is never easy to follow up a great round, and on Saturday she went round in 64, hitting all 18 greens in regulation to record the lowest score seen in competition on the most historic course in England. …