Sunday, August 1, 2010

Chopsticks & Golf: Taiwan & British Women’s Open

Taiwan has always been well known as a beautiful island for tourism but today it may be famous for another reason.

Taiwan ©2008 Am Ang Zhang

Christopher Lee/Getty Images
Guardian August 1, 2010

Taiwan's Yani Tseng held off a late challenge from Katherine Hull to clinch the British Women's Open by one shot at Royal Birkdale.

The Telegraph did not think she was quite the Tiger from Taiwan. But wait, she shot 68, 68, 68 the first three days when the defending champion missed the cut scoring a 10 for one of the holes. That is a score I have not seen for a few years.

What was interesting was of the top 10 in this British Open, 7 were Asians.
 Taiwan's Yani Tseng plays an approach shot on the first hole during the final round of the women's British Open, at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England, Sunday Aug. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

Could the use of chopsticks have anything to do with the short game. After all the Australian failed to get anywhere close to the hole with her green side shot and Tseng put the ball to within 6 yards of the hole!

The Guardian again:

Taiwan's Yani Tseng held off a late challenge from Katherine Hull to clinch the British Women's Open by one shot at Royal Birkdale.
Tseng, 21, who led the tournament since Thursday evening, when she shared the top of the leaderboard with the Australian Hull, had been four shots clear at the start of the day. But bogeys at the 3rd, 8th and 10th holes allowed Hull the chance to hit back. Two birdies on the back nine closed the deficit to one stroke but Hull's hopes of forcing a play-off ended following a poor third shot on the 18th.
After just missing a birdie when a 20-foot putt lipped out on the par-five 17th, Hull was given further encouragement when Tseng's tee shot at the 18th found the sand. Tseng opted for safety while Hull attacked the green but the Australian overhit her second shot as the ball landed about 25 yards long and in the rough. An excellent approach shot for her third put Tseng within six yards of the hole while Hull's fading hopes for victory evaporated as she hit her third shot well short.
Tseng tapped in to card a one‑over‑par 73 and take her majors tally to three, having won the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier this year and the LPGA Championship in 2008. She becomes the youngest golfer ever to win three LPGA majors.
Chopstick use from an early age may help prime the brain to a more complex level of functioning and it may well be linked to better performances in sports that demand good wrist control.

Well done Yani Tseng and well done Taiwan.

Also: Ricoh



Julie said...

Well, I was playing mini golf with my two nephews at the weekend. We all cheated disgracefully and we decided that we were all disqualified, but we had a lot of fun.

Cockroach Catcher said...

Arnold Palmer said: the quickest way to improve the score is the rubber at the end of the golf pencil!!!