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SBD Global/June 12, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Chinese Golfer's Win Expected To Speed Up Growing Golf Trend In China
Published June 12, 2012
A WIN FOR BILLIONS: Monday morning’s edition of Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” was co-hosted by PGAer Steve Flesch and Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer, and they discussed Feng becoming the first Chinese-born player to win a major at this weekend’s Wegmans LPGA Championship. Flesch said Feng’s victory was “huge because of what it does for the China market in golf, billions of people living over there. She's 22, going to get a lot of kids involved over there.” Flesch: “It’s going to be an impetus for more people in China to play golf. Gosh knows they have enough people over there.” Rymer: “Globally, I think it’s a ten, on the eve of golf in the Olympics. Not only it does a lot for golf in China, but golf in a broader sense in Asia.” Rymer said it “won’t be long before the LPGA is visiting China, no doubt that that’s coming at some point in the future.” Golf World Exec Editor Ron Sirak: “Shanshan’s victory along with the fact golf’s returning to the Olympics in 2016 is going to be a big stimulus for the game in China” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 6/11).