Golf Notes: Asian golf boom, Tiger stats and a movie about Q-school
... There were two other South Koreans in the PGA field besides Y.E. Yang. Both made the cut, with K.J. Choi finishing 24th and Charlie Wi 56th. Kevin Na, an American born in Korea, came in 43rd. And the Asian golf boom is just beginning now? ... Well, yes, according to Tenniel Chu, executive director of Mission Hills
Golf Club, the sprawling 12-course facility in Shenzhen, China. "The perception
of golf will change from a game for the rich to a game for everyone," he told SI in an e-mail on Sunday night. "Governments will likely increase financing of
grassroots outreach, course development projects and public facilities."
... Stat of the week: Tiger Woods has six runner-up finishes in majors. Five have occurred since 2005.
... This is only the fourth time in his career that Woods has gone an entire season without winning a major (1998, '03, '04, '09).
... For the first time since the World Ranking began in 1986, players outside the top 30 have won all four majors: Stewart Cink (33rd), Lucas Glover (71st), Angel Cabrera (69th) and Yang (110th).
... With few exceptions, golf movies have stunk. Bagger Vance or Strokes of Genius, anyone? But take heart, golf fans, Ron Shelton, the guy who produced one of the few standouts, Tin Cup, is making a movie called Q school. Finally, a setting in which Kevin Costner's swing won't look out of place (above).
... If you think the fired-up fans at Valhalla provided a home course advantage at the 2008 Ryder Cup, wait until you see what the Europeans have in store. The newly constructed 2010 course at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, has a hillside next to the 18th hole, and club officials say it can accommodate 50,000 fans. Olé, olé, olé.
(Photo: Robert Beck/SI)