On Course to be a Golf Power
Asia can emerge as a golf power within the next decade, as access to top-level equipment and training techniques increases, former world No. 1 Nick Faldo said in September 2011.
The Englishman said that when he started his professional career more than 30 years ago, American golfers had by far the best equipment.
“That’s all changed now,” he told reporters in Singapore, on the sidelines of the Asian Amateur Championship. Young Asian golfers now have the same equipment and a similar understanding of the game as their counterparts in the United States and Europe, he said.
Asia has already seen the emergence of players such as 20-year-old Ryo Ishikawa (pictured) of Japan, the winner of 10 titles on the Japan Golf Tour, and South Korea’s Y.E. Yang, 39, the only Asian man to win a major title by beating Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship in 2009.