Three-time winner on the LPGA Tour this season, and Women’s British Open Champion, Stacy Lewis had a meltdown after losing to Shanshan Feng in Beijing this past weekend at the Reignwood LPGA Classic, and went beserk on Twitter. After venting about the fans, the smog, and Feng’s lucky shot, she promptly closed her Twitter account, and talked about taking a break. Come on Stacy, you are the much-needed number-one American player on the LPGA Tour, you have to be a little more professional than this!
I did some work in China back in the early 90′s, and after three weeks, I couldn’t get on the plane quick enough to get out of there. It was smoggy then, and I can’t imagine how it is now. The people are rude, crude, and there are too many of them. Be sure to visit this site for some great pics of people playing golf with masks on to help protect their lungs.
Unfortunately for the LPGA, this week has also been all about air pollution. Since last weekend,Beijing has been swamped in polluted air that intermittently breaches “hazardous” levels, as determined by the U.S. embassy in Beijing’s air-quality monitor (the Beijing government’s air-quality station shave measured similar levels). The situation has been ugly enough that according to guidelines posted by the U.S. Department of State, “active” adults and children “should avoid all outdoor exertion.”
If you didn’t get enough of 14 year-old Guan Tianlang last spring when he became the youngest player to ever make the cut at the Masters, be sure to tune into The Match at Mission Hills. The youngster will again test his golfing skills against the World’s Number one, Tiger Woods and former number one, Rory McIlroy. I don’t know about you, but I’m anxious to see if Rory has been working on his game, or has he converted to Tennis?
This is why the Euro’s are so good in Ryder Cup competition. I would love to see some Match-Play tournaments in the US with just Americans playing against each other in a team environment. We can continue to beat Team International in the Presidents Cup, but the Euro’s are a different story.
This is a great article from Forbes on the business of golf around the world from Davis Love III.
After serving as the 2012 Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III is back as a captain’s assistant for this week’s Presidents Cup. As both a player and businessman, Love has watched golf evolve into a worldwide sport. He has competed against the world’s best for years, and his course design company turned to markets like Mexico and China when demand for new courses in the United States dropped off.
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