I’ve got a column in the July 7, 2014, issue of Golf World magazine. It’s called “China’s Quandary: Big Country Has a Small, Complicated Interest in the Game,” and unfortunately it’s not available online. You can, however, buy a digital edition on Google Play’s Newsstand for 99 cents.
Short on elite players but (very) long on perks, the Asian Amateur is a bold experiment by two of the game’s most powerful entities.
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama cruised to a win in the second Asian Amateur Championship, earning a berth in the 2011 Masters.
A visit to a construction site reveals a country where golf course building is both banned and booming — and where hope competes with fear every day.
As China readied to host a $7 million WGC event, local golf pros who pioneered the sport face a new reality: The party may be winding down for them.