Tag Archives: China

Apr
24
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Humor

Tiger Woods is being pretty active on Twitter today. For Tiger Woods, that is. First, he sent out a tweet announcing that he will be playing in The Players Championship. A few hours later, he tweeted the above photo of him and Yao Ming.

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Nov
26
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
No. 10 at The Vintage

Par-3 no. 10 at The Vintage

As you may recall, I was in China a few weeks ago covering The Match at Mission Hills Haikou Resort — which is located on Hainan Island, often dubbed the “Hawaii of the East” — between world no. 1 Tiger Woods and “former world no. 1″ Rory McIlroy.

I was also fortunate enough to experience all that the impressive five-star resort, which boasts 10 unique golf courses, 220 volcanic mineral spring pools, Asia’s largest spa and an array of restaurants, had to offer, including several rounds of golf — though I wished I had been able to play more than that. 

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Nov
3
2013
Dustin grabs on and bring 'er home

Dustin grabs on and bring ‘er home

In a hard-fought battle between three world-class players, Dustin Johnson clinched the most significant victory of his career (so far) at the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club. On the back nine the 29-year-old American played a key stretch of five holes at five-under, including a chip-in on the short par-4 16th. 

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Oct
30
2013
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IMPACT!

Apologies for the delay in posting this write-up on The Match at Mission Hills between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods that happened on Monday, which Rory ended up besting Tiger by a shot — not that it mattered since they were both getting a payday of over a million dollars for just showing up.

First of all, much of the reason I traveled all the way to China was to experience the golf and the crowds at the tournaments. Obviously, the Match was an exhibition, so the rules and regulations for the fans were much looser, to say the least, than they will be at this week’s HSBC Champions, which I expect will be more organized and contained. Plus, Tiger isn’t playing there and his presence at Mission Hills is mostly why the throngs were going so nuts — they love “Lao Hu” (Chinese for “Tiger”). 

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Oct
24
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Tiger vs. Rory, Part 2

Tiger vs. Rory, Part 2

As I’m in line boarding my flight to Shanghai, I realized I hadn’t put a note up here about my plans — while I have mentioned it on Twitter, but not everyone does social media — and I probably should share with you guys!

I’m heading to China for the next two and a half weeks…to exploit my Chinese-ness and Mandarin-speaking skills. JUST KIDDING.

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Jun
11
2012

Chinese government seizes trophy from Feng immediately after trophy presentation...ha!

China didn’t have to buy a major championship, after all. As you may recall a few years ago, the government offered Yani Tseng an absurd amount of money – in the range of $25 million — if the Taiwanese golfer exchanged her passport for a Chinese one. She turned it down.

Shanshan “Jenny” Feng shot a final-round five-under 67 to become the first Chinese player to win an LPGA event and major title.

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Oct
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under General

Target practice

The Chinese sure don’t mess around when it comes to showing international golf stars a good time (go big or go home, right?).

Last week Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and China’s number one Liang Wen-chong participated in the Shui On Land China Golf Challenge. Basically, it was like golf’s version of “Amazing Race. They played 18 holes in seven different cities — Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Beijing, Dalian, Chongqing, Dongguan and Macau — over the course of seven days. Judging from their Twitter accounts, they were also treated like kings.

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May
4
2011
By Conor Nagle under General

Shenzhen Golf Club, former host of the China Open

Every large bureacracy has its blind spots, some just happen to be larger than others. In the People’s Republic of China, government corruption and a surge in middle class affluence are fuelling an enmormous market in illegal golf course development. An article in the Financial Times by Jamil Anderlini examines the extent of the problem and questions the resolve of the authorities to act:

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Nov
10
2010

In a Tiger first, Woods sees opportunity in a land far, far away from Las Vegas

A-ha! I knew there was an ulterior motive when Tiger Woods was going out of his way to bond with the Chinese fans last week at the HSBC Champions. Kidding! Reuters is reporting that Tiger is shopping the Chinese market to replace the big-name sponsors, such as Gatorade, Gillette, Accenture and AT&T, that dumped him following his sex scandal.  Well, there are 1.3 billion reasons why China is a great place for that.

Oh, there’s also a key cultural component that plays to Woods’ advantage.

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Nov
3
2010
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tim Finchem: Chinese sponsors, come to America!

As he did last year, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem is traveling around Asia for ten days to boost his relationship with the China Golf Association, hoping to add more tournaments, according to the AP. With the HSBC Champions as a World Golf Championship event for the second year, the Tour decided it will count as an official PGA Tour victory if the winner is a PGA Tour member. Sounds like a way to encourage more American players to travel overseas because in the next ten years, they might be doing more of it — a la the LPGA.

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