Is American Media Racist Toward Asian Golfers?

Si Woo Kim smashed the record for the youngest winner of The PLAYERS, and yet the American reaction has been a great big yawn.

I use Google News for most of my general news browsing when online.  They have a “Top Stories” section which in past years invariably had an entry for “The Players Championship.”  This week I did not see it once.

Google News also has a section for “Top Sports Stories.”  That way sports stories do not have to compete with that year’s Trump or Comey or anything else from the real world.  Just sports.  However, this week, I never saw an entry in the sports section for the Players, either.

The media once put a live camera on an empty parking space reserved for Tiger Woods.  An in-contention Phil Mickelson is plastered all over the place.  Oh, but they are Americans.  Well, I’m old enough to remember when Greg Norman, a foreign player, was the darling of the American media.

Know This:  Tiger Woods won the Masters at age 21.  Si Woo Kim won the Players at age 21.  The Players has both a bigger and a stronger field than the Masters.  It’s not even close.  Simply put, Kim’s accomplishment at Sawgrass yesterday was greater than Woods’s at Augusta.

So, tell me.   Is Si Woo Kim getting more or less coverage than did Tiger Woods in 1997?

I’m tired of excuses.  American media, it’s time to end your ugly racism.

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19 Responses to Is American Media Racist Toward Asian Golfers?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Low information voters like Lanny are why Trump is president. He supports Trump then bitch about racism. Stupid is as stupid does

  2. DanishDude says:

    Heavy words are so lightly thrown. Si Woo Kim is a total unknown to the broad public and (apart from being the youngest winner ever) not really headline material. It’s got nothing to do with racism. American media, quite naturally, has a bias towards the big, preferably, american stars (who all failed to deliver).

    • lannyh says:

      I’m not so sure. Look at all the UK and Australian golfers who were covered extensively when young. Some panned out, some were middle-of-the-road, some didn’t make it. For example, foreigner Rory winning at Quail Hollow as a 20-year-old(?) got a ton of coverage and attention. It seems the quiet, restrained, cerebral approach of (many/most) Asian golfers is lost on Americans, who are biased against it.

  3. ThreeWiggleExpert says:

    Seems like it has a lot to do with the language barrier. It’s hard to relate to or get to know someone when they constantly have to have a translator essentially speaking for them.

    • lannyh says:

      I suppose, but when’s the last time we learned anything from pre- or post-round interviews? “What do you need to do today?” “I need to avoid bogeys and give myself a chance for birdies.” “What do you think of how DJ is playing?” “He’s awesome, but I can only focus on my own round.”

      Si Woo Kim won the Players at the same age Woods won the Masters — and the Players is a much stronger tournament! Where else have you read that than here? Answer: nowhere.

      • ThreeWiggleExpert says:

        I don’t disagree, but, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a professional golfer that would say they’d prefer to win The Players over The Masters.

      • lannyh says:

        Very true. The Players grants a five-year exemption, so anyone who said The Players would have some logistical reason such as that.

    • Kris says:

      Matsuyama and KJ Choi are examples of players who use translators that are treated fairly by the media. Kim is a young unknown with no personality to speak of. Him being the youngest ever winner of the Players is the most interesting thing about him. Sports is entertainment. It doesn’t matter how good you are at your sport, you’re not going to get much coverage if you don’t give the fans something to connect to, good or bad. We need heroes and villains and debates about who is which. Otherwise we’d be content to watch competitions between swing robots and self-driving cars.

      • lannyh says:

        “competitions between swing robots and self-driving cars”

        That sounds like a good Battlebots matchup.

      • Kris says:

        That’s funny because I almost threw in a line about robot wars in my first comment. Battlebots and Robot Wars are a celebration of human ingenuity and creativity. Also, those robots are remote controlled, not self-directed, so a human element exists within the battles which anthropomorphizes the robots. The emotions of the builders and operators are critical to the entertainment value of shows like that, too.

        Competition devoid of emotion is a competition not worth watching. With that, I step down from my soap box, lol.

      • lannyh says:

        Here’s a similarity between golf and battlebots. They were both better when casual and nurtured by hobbyists. The first season or two of Battlebots, before people came up with dull winning-is-all-that-matters designs, was a lot of fun. Good time had by participants and viewers. Golf, in my opinion, for the casual hobbyist, was more fun 40 years ago when courses were scraggly, hardpan was plentiful, pull carts were allowed, and riding carts could drive down the fairway all day long, darn near to the greens. Fast rounds, much fun had. The move to “upscale” courses, to me, correlates to later seasons of Battlebots when it became too big of “a thing.”

    • ThreeWiggleExpert says:

      Do I detect a hint of sarcasm? You’re saying The Players carries more weight than The Masters, because it has a stronger field. I don’t deny that. So, if that’s the case, then a push should be made to make it perceived as a bigger win than The Masters, which it currently isn’t (based on perception). That’s where the waters get muddy because then you basically have two “PGA Championships” as majors.

      • lannyh says:

        I have lost the context, so I don’t know what might be sarcastic or not, but I’ve written many, many times about how the Masters is the weakest of the majors. It’s not a full-field event, for one thing, and past champions rob precious spots from top-tier players.

        At any rate, designation of “majors” doesn’t fall to me. And, if I did oversee the golf world, I’d focus on rolling back the equipment, not on what is called a major.

        It occurs to me that maybe your “sarcasm” remark refers to the general topic of racism toward Asians. How about this for another example? Wait… I’ll put it in a new piece.

  4. Davey Davidson says:

    Totally agree here. What Si Woo Kim did was much much more impressive than that dirtbag Woods did in 97. Kim had done everything he needed to do to be a household name before the players. He should have been on the Late Show after his players win with his translator sitting right there on the couch with him. Would have made for great television.. I’m sick of these ugly americans!

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