Monday, September 17
Jiyai Shin Completes Asian Majors Sweep
It was Shin’s second British Open title, a phenomenal achievement considering she underwent hand surgery in May and coming less than a week after she beat Paul Creamer in a nine-hole playoff at the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The win was historic in another way. Shin’s victory marks the first time in LPGA history that Asian-born players have won all four major titles in a season. It’s beginning to sound like a broken record, but the Asian ladies are easily the world’s most dominant golfers. They have grabbed nine of the last 12 majors, and they currently hold eight of the top 10 spots in the Rolex Rankings.
People are searching for an explanation. Shin said this:
“I think so many Asia players are playing at the moment on the LPGA Tour, so it makes a lot of chance to win….Well, I work so hard, I guess that’s why I get this trophy, but, I don’t know, I know all the other players doing their best and they work hard, too….”
I don’t know the question or the context, but Shin’s statement comes across as diplomatic, even humble. The fact is, the Asian players are clearly a lot better right now. The usual explanation that I read is that they work harder, that they’re tougher.
As LPGA.com reported, South Korea’s Se Ri Pak, although a sensation and an inspiration when she won two consecutive majors in 1998, wasn’t the first Asian to win on the LPGA Tour. That distinction is held by Japan’s Chako Higuchi, who won the LPGA Championship way back in 1977.