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Teed Off (Mar.24 2013)

Update: March, 24/2013 - 17:45

with Robert Bicknell

Tiger did something unexpected. No, he didn't find yet another swing coach. Instead he actually posted photos of himself and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn on his website and admitted they were "dating".

Tiger's rationale for coming out in public, as opposed to his usual proclivity for keeping the tiniest morsel of information more sacred than US nuclear secrets, actually made sense – he wanted to screw the paparazzi and stalker websites. If he released photos, then anything the photostalkers got would be of lesser value.

Interesting.

Now then, as someone who has mostly dated or married women of Asian ancestry, I would be the last guy to throw derogatory comments at Tiger Woods for his obvious preference in women.

I mean, what is it with the guy that he cannot stay away from women who enjoy snow? His first wife Elin was from Norway and now he's with an Olympic skier. Methinks there is more to this story than meets the eye or it just could be like the old saying, "Once you've been with a blonde, d-uh."

On the surface, I guess Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn is a good choice for El Tigre, she likes going downhill fast on the border of recklessness, just like Tiger USED to do.

And while on that subject…

Following Tiger's less that contrite confession of infidelity, Vonn described a skit she would want to perform if asked to host Saturday Night Live: picture Vonn at Woods' podium, blue backdrop and all. "There's something you don't know about me," Vonn says in a faux solemn, apologetic voice. "Tiger, you're like my idol, and I too have a sex problem." More laughter. "That would be freaking funny."

So, with that in mind, let their journey together begin and we will see who's zoomin' who when the inevitable crash comes.

Wanna bet that someone will be in therapy or seeing a chiropractor in the future?

Now that the Azaleas are getting ready to bloom in Augusta, Georgia, much is being said of the Chinese sensation who is standing the golf world on its ear and will be the youngest participant ever in the Masters event, Guan Tianlang.

Guan earned his spot at the tender age of 13, but now there is a 12-year-old looking to take the title of youngest player in a European Tour event — Ye Wocheng, who finished two under par at the Western China qualifier to earn one of the three spots on offer for the China Open — the tournament where Guan made his European Tour debut in April 2012.

None of this comes as a surprise to me because I have many offers to teach junior golf in China over the years. They seem to have an eye on the future and are determined to have an impact on the sport and not just because they are building more golf courses than anywhere else.

While I am pleased that someone is taking junior golf seriously, I am also annoyed that my adopted country of Viet Nam continues to keep its head buried in the sand. Why do we not have a junior golf programme of any consequence in place?

Thailand has a lot of kids, both male and female studying and playing golf in the US and Australia, but how many Vietnamese kids are there?

Korean and Japanese ladies fill US universities on golf scholarships, before going on to join the LPGA Tour, why are there no Vietnamese ladies doing this?

To be honest, it's quite frustrating.

I spoke with a golf course in Cambodia a few weeks ago and they said they wanted to actively promote junior golf in the country. With the exception of Kings' Island's new junior golf series and the Faldo event once a year, what else do we have for junior golfers here in Viet Nam?

When I coached the SEA Games team in 1999 & 2001, I found that all the other countries had full time coaches for their golf teams and a generous budget. Why we cannot do the same here in Viet Nam is a mystery.

With so many club owners driving Bentleys, 660 Benz and other assorted luxury cars, you'd think they could afford to throw a few dollars or even a discounted green fee at junior golf.

It is very depressing. — VNS

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