Inbee Park claims seventh major title to stay top of the Rolex Rankings

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Inbee Park has shown off her dominance of the Women's game once again as she sealed her first ever British Open Championship at Turnberry last week.

The South Korean was able to claim the title with a course record equalling 65, which saw her make seven birdies and an eagle.

This was officially her seventh major, however it can be argued that it could be her eighth also.  In 2012, she won the Evian Masters, which was only announced as a major championship, a year after her victory.  


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However, Park is not only World's number one, but part of a huge collection of Asian players who make up 13 of the World's top 25 players in the Rolex Rankings. This figure does not include any players from 'Australasia'.  Even though Australia play in the Asia Cup football tournament, they are not part of Asia.

Asian Dominance?

We blindly say that Asia are either the dominant force, or will be the dominant force in the future. It has been said by many club golfers that in 20 years, the worlds number one of the men's game will be Chinese.

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Asia already dominates the Women's game...or does it? Of the 13 players mentioned earlier, 12 of them are South Korean. Only China's Shanshan Feng is the other Asian player in the top 25, who isn't South Korean.

Things do not change if you scroll down, as 20 of the worlds top 50 are Korean, with two Japanese, one Thai and one Taiwanese player making up the numbers. Therefore half of the worlds top 50 are officially Asian, yet 40 percent are South Korean.

Why is South Korea Dominating?

Se Re Pak won the Women's US Open back in 1998. She was the youngest player to ever have lifted the trophy. She won on the 20th extra hole, meaning it was the longest ever US Open. She was the first Korean to win a major title in women's golf. She was the first Asian to win a major title in women's golf.

Pak was a hero in South Korea. An icon. She arguably started a trend for years to come with her triumph.  However other factors play a part in Korea's success on the fairways.  

Women of South Korea are renowned for being extremely patient. We expect that all good golfers are patient and no when to attack and defend on the course. The majority of Korean golfers come from middle class families, therefore they give everything to the sport which could support their respective families.

However most importantly, they practice and practice...and then practice some more. Asian parents devote their lives to their children, if it is financially viable. Studies have shown that these Korean girls were the first to arrive on the driving range in the morning, yet last to leave at night.

Why is the rest of Asia lagging behind?

It's a little too soon to say that Asia is dominating. South Korea certainly is, but Asia?  No, not right now.  

Golf is overly expensive in Asia. Rounds of golf in China for example can exceed £300. Lessons with elite western PGA Professionals can soar up to £450 per hour. Only the super wealthy can afford this game.

However most importantly, they do not have the role models such as Pak. Shanshan Feng hangs around the top ten of the rankings for China, but the next Chinese player in the rankings is Xiyu Lin at 89th.  

Outside of South Korea's borders, Asia needs a Tiger Woods, a Rory Mcilroy, a Jordan spieth to capture the hearts of millions (or billions in Asia's case).  I don't think it will be a long wait for this to happen, but I do believe that when it does, we will see Asia truly flex their muscles in the golfing world.

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