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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