As coronavirus spreads, LPGA’s prime Chinese language gamers vow to assist
The LPGA’s prime two Chinese language gamers are protected and sound however heavy hearted over the deathly unfold of the coronavirus of their homeland.
Shanshan Feng, the previous world No 1 and nonetheless the best ranked Chinese language participant within the Rolex Rankings at No. 23, flew out of China in the midst of January to do her winter coaching in Los Angeles, the place she stays right now. With the outbreak rising worse since she left her house in Guangzhou, her focus is on doing what she will for household, mates and fellow countrymen again in China.
Yu Liu, No. 35 on the earth, is in competition at this week’s ISPS Handa Ladies’s Australian Open. She posted a 6-under-par 67 Friday to maneuver 4 photographs behind the chief, Inbee Park.
Liu made her transfer on a day when the Chinese language authorities introduced 5,090 new instances of the virus and 121 new deaths, elevating the variety of documented instances worldwide to greater than 64,000, with 1,393 complete deaths, with all however three of these deaths occurring on mainland China.
“I’m very saddened,” Liu instructed GolfChannel.com. “There are such a lot of individuals dropping their lives, particularly within the Hubei Province.”
Liu is from Beijing, about 700 miles north of town of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Liu’s mom accompanied her to the LPGA’s Boca Raton occasion in Florida three weeks in the past, however her mom flew again to China after the competitors.
“She’s nonetheless there,” Liu stated. “We didn’t know the way critical it actually was then.”
Liu says she additionally has aunts, uncles and grandparents there, all of whom are protected.
“It hasn’t been too unhealthy for them,” Liu stated. “They’re simply staying at house, not having the ability to do an excessive amount of.”
Liu is motivated to assist her homeland, a lot in order that she is planning to donate her winnings from final week’s Vic Open and this week’s Ladies’s Australian Open to a basis aiding these in China who’re affected by the virus.
Liu stated that objective helped her rally Friday after she fell outdoors the cutline early in her spherical.
“I simply wished to exit and make birdies and go very low,” Liu stated.
Shortly after a bogey at her third gap dropped her a shot outdoors the cutline, Liu responded with an eagle and back-to-back birdies. She performed the ultimate 13 holes in 7 underneath.
Feng is equally motivated to assist her fellow countrymen.
“Shanshan’s dad and mom are at present in Guangzhou, which can be severely affected by the coronavirus,” Ruby Chen, Feng’s agent, knowledgeable GolfChannel.com. “Fortunately, they’re each very properly and staying at house following the federal government’s journey tips.”
Guangzhou is about 600 miles south of Wuhan.
Feng left Guangzhou for the U.S. final month, earlier than the seriousness of the outbreak was absolutely understood.
“She’s doing effective, however the breakout may be very scary,” stated Gary Gilchrist, Feng’s coach. “She’s such a caring particular person, and so happy with her nation, she’s going to do the whole lot in her energy to assist in any method doable.”
Chen stated Feng is discovering methods from afar.
“She’s additionally working with mates in the USA to buy some medical, protecting merchandise and making an attempt to assist Wuhan,” Chen wrote in an e-mail.
BY Golf Channel Digital
— February 9, 2020 at 9:04 PM
The LPGA will not go to Asia till at the least August after canceling two extra occasions due to coronavirus issues.
Feng and Liu have been each wanting ahead to enjoying the Blue Bay LPGA on Hainan Island in China March 5-8, however the occasion was amongst three Asian tour stops the LPGA canceled due to the unfold of the virus. Feng gained the occasion three years in the past.
The Honda LPGA Thailand (Feb. 20-23) and the HSBC Ladies’s World Championship in Singapore (Feb. 27-March 1) have been additionally canceled.
Feng and Liu have been planning to play all three Asian occasions.
“I used to be sort of nervous about enjoying 5 occasions in a row,” Liu stated, “however now … I’m simply grateful to be enjoying on tour.”