Another Banner Week For Asian Golf!
This week was yet another week where we witnessed firm confirmation, affirmation and validation that Asian professional golfers are amongst the very best in the world.
The proof of Asian star quality was put on display at both the PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour.
In South Korea, Asian players from South Korea and Thailand proved once again that they are a force destined to stay at the top level of the women’s game.
South Korea’s Jin Young Ko (pictured) pulled off her fourth win this season when she won the 2021 BMW Ladies Championship in Busan, South Korea. Win this victory, Ko also proudly regained her coveted world number one ranking, dethroning America’s Nelly Korda. Not only did she re-install herself as the world’s best golfer, but in so doing, she posted a new course record for the tournament and picked up a pay-check for US$300,000. The total purse for the tournament was US$2 million.
The BMW Championship once again confirmed that South Korean professional women golfers rank amongst the best in the world. Looking at the leaderboard, there were visible signs that the KLPGA has an extremely strong talent pool of players who are just waiting to burst forth on the international stage.
There was a four-way tie for third place at 17-under par and it included South Korea’s Na Rin An, Da Yeon Lee, A Lim Kim and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko.
He battled like a fearless Samurai as though his life depended on victory. The 29-year-old superstar started the final round in the lead and at no point did her allow the chasing pack to go past him.
His determination to win on home-soil was dogged and he raced to a five-stroke victory, marking his first major win in Japan.
Matsuyama finished with a 65 and a 15-under total of 265 for his seventh PGA Tour
In second place, tied at 10-under par were Americans Brendan Steele (66) and Cameron Tringale (69).
The total prize purse for the ZOZO Championship was US$9.95 million and Matsuyama’s share was US$1,791 million.