Truth & Rumors: Tseng rejects $25 million offer to become Chinese citizen

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.”
Good on you, Mr. Tseng. (Makes you wonder if LeBron would have signed with Miami if he had to turn his back on Ohio. Oh, wait....)
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? Tiger Woods's dalliances and the resulting mess have produced a crush of literature, ranging from exhaustive investigative reports, to biting parodies, to at least one science-based defense of Tiger's actions. Now, it seems, there is some Tiger-inspired poetry in the works, authored by Tiger's own ghostwriter, Pete McDaniel. In a Q&A with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McDaniel reveals:
"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."
Quick, what rhymes with Uchitel? Of course, McDaniel is late to the party, about 165 years late. Who can forget this little Poe number from 1845...
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 ofMichelle Wie made an appearance at Pacific Palms resort in Southern California over the weekend to help promote the new venue for the LPGA's Kia Classic (Kia is one of Wie's sponsors). Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times was on hand and noticed a marked difference in the demeanor of the soon-to-be 21-year-old.
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."

OK, so she's still working on the whole depth thing. Wie also told the assembled media that she likes the fact that many of her fellow students seem to have no idea who she is, or apparently how she gets her golf ball to hover three inches above the ground before blasting a 300-yard drive.
"I showed my best friend a golf tee one time," Wie said, "and she had no idea what that was. I like that."
Like, totally!

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by Kevin Cunningham