South Korea is a mountainous country with dozens of National and Provincial Parks that are renowned for their natural beauty and ancient temples. Given South Korea’s mountainous terrain, it's surprising that the country can boast more than 500 golf courses, so there’s plenty of action going on to keep the travelling golfer happy. Factor in a rich cultural heritage and a number of historic and religious festivals celebrated throughout the year and you have a truly exciting country.
K.J. Choi was a role model for thousands of Asian golfers, but golf in South Korea took off like a rocket after Yang Yong-eun, or Y.E. Yang as he is better known, became the first male player born in Asia to win a major. Yang literally lit the Asian golfing touch paper after winning the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National.
Of course, South Korean female golfers have dominated the ladies' professional game for a number of years now, contributing around 40% of the women in the official World Top 100 rankings at any given time. Inbee Park may not always retain the number 1 ranking but who would bet against her failing to add more Major titles to the seven that she'd already captured by the end of 2015?
Our South Korean Top 40 rankings were last updated in March 2018. Click the link to read the story.