The Far East’s domination of women’s golf is leaping to another level.
South Korea’sis halfway home in her bid to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open, moving Asia closer to a historic first.
If Shin holds on and wins at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, she will give golf its first Asian Slam.
If any player from the Far East wins, it will mark the first time Asians have won all four major championships in a calendar year.
Asia is actually going for its seventh consecutive major championship victory in women’s golf. The Far East claimed the final three majors of last year. More than that, an Asian-born player is in line to win Asia its eighth consecutive LPGA event of this season.
Shin built a commanding lead Saturday at Hoylake, posting an 8-under-par 64 and a five-shot lead halfway through the women’s final major championship of 2012. She’s at 9-under 135 on a leaderboard topped by Asians. South Korea’s(68) is at 140 and Japan’s (70) at 141. Australian (70) is also at 141.
South Korea’swon the in 2012’s first major. China’s followed, winning the . South Korea’s won the U.S. Women’s Open.
Going back to the last three majors of 2011, Taiwan’swon the LPGA Championship, South Korea’s won the U.S. Women’s Open and Tseng won the Women’s British Open.
The domination is growing even more pronounced this summer.
The last seven LPGA events have been won by Japan’s(Walmart NW Arkansas Championship), South Korea’s Choi (U.S. Women’s Open), South Korea’s ( ), South Korea’s Ryu (Jamie Farr Toledo Classic), Japan’s ( ), (CN Canadian Women’s Open) and Shin (Kingsmill Championship).
Ko was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 6.
Four of the top five players in this week's Rolex world rankings, and eight of the top 10, are Asian, including No. 1 Tseng.