Suzann Pettersen was happy this year to be back in Taiwan where she won the LPGA Tour twice, in 2012 and 2013. The tournament in Taiwan has been held since 2011 when her Taiwanese friend Tseng Yani was the world´s best and Suzann Pettersen the second best female golf player.
Photo: Suzann Pettersen in Taiwan.
Photo: Miramar court in Taiwan.
– The path we play in Taiwan is well suited to my style of play. It provides many birdie opportunities, so here I can be aggressive throughout the game, Pettersen said to Aftenposten.
A typhoon was heading towards Taiwan, but decreased in strength and gave only small rain during the tournament. Pettersen ended up as No. 5.
At Suzann´s first play in Taiwan in 2011, the manager of the Chinese LPGA delegation forced their players to return to China because flags of Taiwan were shown at the court. This year the flag of China was shown together with the flag of Taiwan, but the players from China were allowed to play the whole game. Times have changed the political situation. This year the president of RoC, Taiwan, and the president of PRC, China, meet for the first time in hope to improve relations. It happens in Singapore on Nov. 7th.
Suzann´s friend Tseng Yani from Taiwan used to be the world´s best female golf player. Her good contact with people made golf a beloved sport in her home country, therefore many know about Suzann Pettersen. A big crowd met up to get Yani´s autograph, she did not disappoint anybody. When ink was used up, her assistant was ready with the next marker.
Norway has its own government since 1905, but the website from LPGA in China calls the Norwegian player “Suzann Pettersen of Sweden”.
From Taiwan Suzann flew direct to South China to play at Blue Bay in Hainan for her first time. Even Taiwan had the second best player, China did not show the national flag of Taiwan. Suzann became a shared number 8. Results in China: http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/blue-bay-lpga/results
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August next year has golf as one of the official events after a hiatus of 112 years. Pettersen looks forward to being a participant, not only a spectator.
After an article in Norway News in 2011, (http://www.norwaynews.com/en/~view.php?72azpA58dThgc672Va6353Iw2484bkQ84544Lbn084lSOT88eRJa38) the international press got interested in Norwegian midnight sun golf and Suzann became an ambassador for Lofoten: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/09/golf/golf-norway-24-hours/
Mr. Geir Yeh Fotland – Taiwan National Correspondent NORWAY NEWS.com
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