By petedirenzo
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Taiwanese golfer rejects $25 million to remain a Taiwanese golferIs China trying to bolster its 2016 Olympic prospects by buying the world's No. 4-ranked woman golfer? Sure sounds like it. According to the China Post, an unnamed Chinese business has been trying to sign Taiwan's Yani Tseng -- winner of two majors in 2010 -- to a juicy $25 million endorsement contract, with one startling condition:

...the deal came with an extra term requiring Tseng to change her nationality to Chinese.
“We cannot change the nationality,” Tseng's father, Tseng Mao-hsin, was cited saying. “So we rejected it right away.”
Hsu Ya-tien, head of Taiwan's golf association, questioned the motives of the China offer.
Hsu said Tseng is Taiwan's most prized player, and the association would be glad to see a “pure commercial deal” done.
But if the goal is to make her play for China, the association would never make any compromises, Hsu said.
Tiger's troubles inspire ... poetry? reports parodies defense In a Q&A with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It’s about his recent situation. I can’t give you the title for it, but it’s slightly controversial. That’s as much as I can say. It does have a positive spin, though."
Once upon a Thanksgiving night dreary, while he pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While he nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of a Swede not-so gently rapping, rapping at his Escalade door.

A whole new Wie, sort of Los Angeles Times noticed a marked difference
The Valley girl is still there — "like, you know, I mean, like" — but the previous distant, bored looks were replaced by eye contact, depth and even humor.
Life is good. She has won twice on the LPGA Tour and was on her way back to Stanford, where she matriculates for about half a year in the two quarters that the tour is most quiet.

"It's nice to win tournaments," she said. "I was sitting there when they were introducing me and they said, 'Two-time winner,' and I was looking around, wondering who that was. Then, I thought, oh, that's me."

depth thing
"I showed my best friend a golf tee one time," Wie said, "and she had no idea what that was. I like that."

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