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There are also golfers from countries not often associated with the sport, including Argentina, Colombia, the Netherlands, Paraguay and Thailand.

China has Shanshan Feng, who in June won the LPGA Championship to become the first mainland Chinese golfer to capture a major.

“The golf history is about thirty years in China and now it’s about getting more and more people to play,” she said.

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DIVOTS: Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 6-over 78 on Saturday to fall out of contention in the Open, the only major she has failed to capture. “I just didn’t do it,” she said. “I shot terrible today.” … Fifteen-year-old Lydia Ko shot a 7-over 79 on Saturday to move to 9 over and leads Alison Lee by three shots for low amateur honors. Ko said some of the pressure was off when she made the cut. “I’ve never missed a cut in a tournament, and I would be kind of gutted if I did it at the U. S. Open. And it’s better experience if you play on the weekend, too.” … While there were only five rounds under par in the third round, there were 19 scores in the 80s.