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Candie Kung wins the Hana Bank Kolon Championship

She won by one shot over Australia’s Katherine Hull. Do you think Candie looks Korean when wearing a hanbok?

The only reason I’m asking is because a member of the media at last July’s Evian Masters got Kung’s nationality mixed up. No such mistake was made today, but some bright person asked Candie about if Taiwanese golfers play good in the wind.

Q. Not just the LPGA players, contemporary LPGA players, but in the past as well when Taiwanese players came over to Korea, the men, they were all renowned for playing well in gusts and in winds and braving the elements; so that’s what the overall Korean sentiment is to the Taiwanese players, they are good in windy situations and therefore has been sort of a reputation that Taiwanese courses are quite windy. Is that the case?
CANDIE KUNG: That, I don’t know too much about because I didn’t play golf in Taiwan and I played very, very few rounds in Taiwan,

Kung has been living in the United States for over 10 years, attended USC and is now a naturalized citizen. Rather than ask a intelligent question, the lazy member of the media instead fell back on some golf stereotype that this golf nut didn’t know existed. Shame on him.

Maybe I shouldn’t stereotype the golf media as lazy. They are lazy.

Kung has been an excellent year, and today’s win was her fourth career wise and first since 2003. She is also the second Taiwanese golfer to win in 2008, Yani Tseng taking home the LPGA Championship in June. Candie is a lock now for the ADT Championship which is played 6 miles from my house.

The South Koreans were shut out. Hee Won Han, Jee Young Lee who won this event in 2005, and Jeong Jang joined Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson in a tie for 3rd. Like Kung, Han and Gustafson with their strong finishes have most likely guaranteed themselves a spot in the ADT field.

The LPGA finishes its Asian swing with a stop in Japan next weekend for the Mizuno Classic. After that the tour goes to Mexico, and then the ADT.

Also blogging on the Hana Bank Kolon- Hound Dog and The Constructivist

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