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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Lydia Ko edge out Tseng in Top 5 All-time Asian golfers

Lydia Ko ahead of Tseng, Park in Top 5 All-time Asian golfers in Men's & Women's side.

Japan and South Korea have long been hotbeds of talent when to comes to professional golfers, but in recent years talented players have begun to emerge from other countries in the region including Thailand, Taiwan, and China.

Lydia Ko and Yani Tseng in Top 5 All-time Asian golfers list..

 FOX Sports Asia takes a look at the top five golfers the region has produced.

All-Time Top 5 Asian golfers list (Men's and Women's)

#5  -  Yang Yong-eun (South Korea)

 No list of Asia’s top golfers would be complete without South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun,
The only Asian-born male to ever win a major championship at the 2009 USPGA.

Y.E. Yang, as he is known in the US, has won 11 titles on four tours during his career,
two on the PGA Tour,
three on the European Tour,
not bad for someone who didn’t even take up the sport until he was 19!

#4  -   K.J. Choi (South Korea)

Choi was first played golf at the age of 16.
Choi was a consistent performer on the PGA Tour by winning eight titles including the highlight of his career – The Players Championship in 2011.

With 22 career titles in his 16-year professional career, Choi’s best finish at a major was when he tied for third at the 2004 Masters.

#3  -   Inbee Park (South Korea)

Inbee Park is the most successful female golfer to date in South Korea as well in the world.
She started his Pro-golfer career in 2006, and two years long to clinch his first title, which also happened to be the 2008 US Women’s Open.

It was another four years before she won on the LPGA tour, but SHE sparked an outstanding success and she grabbed 16 more wins during the span of three years, including another six majors.

Having already amassed 26 career wins, she is only one of seven players to win four different majors in her career.

Park has struggled with a hand injury in recent months and there have been rumours of retirement.

#2 - Yani Tseng (Taiwan)

 Tseng started his Pro-golfer career in 2007,
Tseng won her first major championship title the following year at the Women’s US Open and won four more majors in the next three years.

  •  Tseng,  becoming the youngest ever winner of the LPGA Championship,
  • Tseng, the fastest player to reach US$2 million in prize money,
  • Tseng,  the youngest woman to win three majors,
  • Tseng,  the youngest player, male or female, to win five major championships.
  • Tseng,  Ranked No. 1 for 109 consecutive weeks,
  • SHE hasn't played and failed to win on the LPGA since 2012 due to unknown reasons,

HER only win in the last four seasons coming at the 2014 Taifong Ladies Open in Taiwan.

Lydia Ko and Yani Tseng in Womens golf championship.

#1 - Lydia Ko (New Zealand)

  •  Lydia Ko MNZM is a Korean-born New Zealand professional golfer. 
  •  In January 2012 at the age of 14 Ko became the youngest ever person to win a golf tournament when she won on the Australian LPG tour.
  • She became the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA tournament in August of the same year when she claimed the CN Canadian Women’s Open. 
  • She turned professional a year later and an impressive 19 tournament wins in the space of three years.
  • She won her first major in 2015 at the Evian Championship and followed that up with a second at the ANA Inspiration a year later.
  • Ko also won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics.

 Aged only 19, and with 25 tournament wins to her name already, if Ko carries on winning at the same rate, she stands a good chance of becoming the most successful female golfer the world has ever seen.

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