There was some irony in Lexi Thompson’s victory Sunday in the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship.
First, this year alone on the LPGA Tour, 17 events — 10 on U.S. soil — have been won by Koreans and Lydia Ko, a New Zealander who was born in Seoul and lived there until she was 12.
Second, nowhere in the U.S. except perhaps at the U.S. Open did fans display the kind of crazy enthusiasm the KEB-HanaBank crowds carried with them.
Thompson: “I would say this is more of a major feel coming over here, with how big the crowds are and how the golf courses are set up, the grandstands. Just the whole feel of it; this is like a major championship over here for our Asia Swing. So it’s an amazing feeling to play this big of a field for a tournament and just to play in front of that many people. That’s what we love, to play in front of that many people and hear all those cheers.”
And finally, most golf fans in the U.S. missed seeing all the excitement because the live televised rounds ended in the wee hours.
Internationally, women’s golf is big. In the U.S., not so much. With that, please give your best answer in the one-question, one-answer golf poll. And if we missed a better answer, please add it in the comments below.