Michelle Wie donned a Korean hanbok and Paula Creamer a Japanese kimono for a photo-shoot ahead of this week’s HSBC Women’s Champions at Tanah Merah, Singapore.
“It feels great,” said Wie, who had been helped into her costume by Jiyai Shin, Korea’s top player of the moment and last year’s World No. 1.
Japan’s Ai Miyazoto who had helped with the finishing touches to her outfit and said that she felt honoured to be sharing in her culture.
Apart from Wie, Shin and Miyazato, the function was attended by Yani Tseng, the current World No 1 and a winner of four tournaments in a row so far this year. When Tseng was asked what she had worked on over the winter break, she did not reveal some intricate golfing secret. Instead, she announced that she had been working on her English, having taken lessons every morning for a month.
All of the players, with particular reference to Miyazato, believe that the women’s game of the moment is all the more exciting for the fact that as many as four players have held the No 1 spot in the last 12 months. “We haven’t had a situation like this in a long time,” said Miyazato, who won five times last year.
The Asians are just taking over every sport aren’t they?