Will Shanshan Feng Set off a New Chinese Revolution?

Fred AltvaterContributor IINovember 24, 2013

China's Shanshan Feng won $700,000 at the CME Titleholders.
China's Shanshan Feng won $700,000 at the CME Titleholders.Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Shanshan Feng just won $700,000 for finishing first at the CME Titleholders on the LPGA Tour. It was the largest check ever awarded for a win on the LPGA.

This was Feng’s second win this year and her third career LPGA victory. She won the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic just last month in her home country of China. She won $1.7 million on tour this season and has won over $4 million in her career.

Feng, 24, has also won five events in Japan and is the first Chinese woman to win on the LPGA Tour. She is a role model and has shown millions of young Chinese golfers what can happen with hard work and dedication.

Se Ri Pak set off a golf revolution in South Korea by winning 25 titles on the LPGA from 1998 to 2010. Young South Korean women were inspired to pursue their own golf dreams, and we have seen the Koreans dominate the LPGA over the past few years.

Chinese teenager Guan Tianlang set off a huge media firestorm with his win at the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and subsequent appearance in the Masters last April. The 14-year-old Tianlang is another role model for young Chinese golfers to follow.

This fall, the PGA Tour announced the establishment of the China PGA Tour. It will provide young Chinese golfers an opportunity to gain invaluable professional tournament experience.

The European Tour has sanctioned tournaments in China for several years and the PGA has joined the effort by adding the WGC-HSBC Champions to its fall wraparound schedule.

China is becoming the focus of professional golf tours around the world and wins like Feng’s at the CME Titleholders only helps to reinforce the idea that a young golfer from China can make it to the top.

In a country of 1.4 billion people, millions of young Chinese athletes will now be focusing their efforts on golf.

It will not be long before we see Chinese golfers ascending to the top of leaderboards on every major professional golf tour.