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Women"s British Open: Jiyai Shin wins to make Asian record

Shin the star at Hoylake as Asian grip on women's golf extends to all four majors

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UPDATED:

20:58 GMT, 16 September 2012

Fourteen years was all it took for golf in the Far East to go from Asia minor to Asia major.

Fourteen years after Se Ri Pak became the first Asian to win a major championship, her Korean compatriot Jiyai Shin completed an overwhelming nine-shot victory in the Ricoh British Open at Royal Liverpool on Sunday that symbolised the region's complete domination of women's golf.

Not only have Asian golfers now completed the Grand Slam this year, they have won the last seven majors in succession.

Champion: Jiyai Shin celebrates with the trophy and on the green (below)

Champion: Jiyai Shin celebrates with the trophy and on the green (below)

Shin's 18th green celebration

Alongside the brilliant Taiwanese
Yani Tseng, the driving force, of course, has been the Koreans, where
producing a good woman golfer seems to be the primary ambition for many
households.

Shin completed her victory with one of the great performances in the recent history of this event.

It is never easy to follow up a
great round, and on Saturday she scored 64, hitting all 18 greens in
regulation to record the lowest total seen in competition on this, the
most historic course in England.

Yet Shin never broke her stride on
Sunday during the course of the final 36 holes played out in conditions
that varied from the benign in the morning to the frightful during
mid-afternoon.

Runner up: Inbee Park came second at Hoylake

Runner up: Inbee Park came second at Hoylake

As the wind blew and the rain came in
sideways, the championship was reduced to ridicule when play was
suspended for a short time for no obvious reason, and contrary to the
rules of the game.

The master commentator Peter Alliss mixed mirth with indignation.

'Yes we know it's miserable, but you can't stop play because it is miserable,' he said.

When one player seemingly carried on
before the hooter sounded to signal play could continue, he added: 'Why
not play when you like, and dole out some prize money at the finish'

Away we go: Shin tees off on the 15th hole

Away we go: Shin tees off on the 15th hole

A poor tournament for the British contingent had two small bright spots.

Scot Catriona Matthew, the 2009
champion, shot 75 to squeeze into the top 10 and Holly Clyburn, 21, from
Cleethorpes, came within two strokes of finishing as the leading
amateur.

Meanwhile, at the Italian Open,
Martin Kaymer picked a timely moment to turn in his first top five this
season, finishing with two 67s in his last event before the Ryder Cup.

Team-mate Nicolas Colsaerts finished alongside him in fifth spot of an event won by the Spaniard, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Sandstorm: Paula Creamer plays out of a bunker

Sandstorm: Paula Creamer plays out of a bunker

BBC becoming part of history as R&A issues warning – Des Kelly

I don't pay to see the BBC become part of history

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UPDATED:

21:54 GMT, 23 April 2012

I have an old television somewhere in the cellar. It still works, I think.

The remote control is long lost. The screen now looks disappointingly small despite the bulky box around it. And crammed with the old technology of circuit boards and electric coils, the machine is an almighty lump to shift.

It is closer to the 3d of old pennies than the 3D Dolby surround sound wizardry we now take for granted.

But this was my luminous window on the sporting world. It glowed one night in 1985 when I saw Dennis Taylor pump the air with his fists after his epic triumph over Steve Davis.

Unforgettable: Dennis Taylor celebrates at the Crucible in 1985

Unforgettable: Dennis Taylor celebrates at the Crucible in 1985

It was my looking glass a year-and-a-half later when Nigel Mansell's Formula One championship exploded along with his rear left tyre in Adelaide.

Back then the BBC ruled the sporting airwaves. I can still hear Murray Walker's yelps of excitement, Ted Lowe's whispering calm.

Comfy: Peter Alliss has been commentating on the BBC for decades

Comfy: Peter Alliss has been commentating on the BBC for decades

David Coleman, John Motson, Des Lynam
and Peter O'Sullevan were instantly recognisable voices. The old box
was brimful of memories.

It
is a relic now, of course; no more than a personal museum piece. It has
been overtaken by innovation and advances elsewhere, much like the BBC
itself.

To hear the Royal and Ancient serve warning that the Corporation's golf coverage is not hi-tech enough is an extraordinary slap down for the broadcaster. The declaration that golf is 'keeping an eye' on the BBC's lack of investment sounds the death knell for The Open's presence on free-to-air terrestrial television.

But it is fair criticism. While the BBC
have remained true to the comfy cardigan style of Peter Alliss, with his
tuts of admonishment and gentle 'Ooo's' as a putt trundles holeward,
the American broadcaster ESPN turned up at St Andrews last year armed
with enough gizmos to launch a mission to Mars.

They blanketed The Old Course with
90-plus cameras, a shot tracer zoomed with the drives in flight and ESPN
deployed its PuttZone technology, which plots the ideal putting line,
but adds a shaded region that adjusts depending on the speed of the ball
to show how far off line an attempt can be and still have a chance of
dropping in.

Memorable: But will glorious moments like Darren Clarke's Open win be absent from BBC screens in the future

Memorable: But will glorious moments like Darren Clarke's Open win be absent from BBC screens in the future

Mike McQuade
of ESPN said the gadgets were a 'game changer'. And so it seems. It has
certainly changed the golfing hierarchy's expectation of how The Open
should be covered.

Sky are no
slouches with their computerised thingamabobs either. They have formed
an alliance with Eurosport this summer to show 100 hours of the Olympics
in 3D, including the 100 metres final and opening and closing
ceremonies. And it will be open to all Sky+ HD subscribers.

Assurance: The BBC still cover some big events like the Six Nations

Assurance: The BBC still cover some big events like the Six Nations

They
also screened Masters coverage up against the BBC and did it with the
aplomb they have long brought to football and cricket. They now have
their sights set on claiming The Open ahead of ESPN, leaving the BBC
with another late-night highlights package.

When the Beeb does live major events, it still does them with assurance. Wimbledon tennis is so much a part of their output that for a fortnight it is hard to define where the BBC ends and Wimbledon begins. In Auntie's hands the Olympics will be every bit as majestic and patriotic as the Queen's Jubilee this summer. The rugby union Six Nations is handled with great professionalism.

The BBC undoubtedly have dedicated production staff and some great journalists. But morale is low. Much of the Formula One coverage has been pillaged by Sky, horse racing has been allowed to bolt to Channel 4, ITV has pinched the French Open tennis and BBC Radio 5 Live is under pressure from commercial competitors like talkSPORT.

Hamstrung by cuts and cowed by criticism that public money is used to finance the escalating price of exclusive rights, the BBC is being pushed to the sidelines. It might be economic reality, but it is still a shame.

I pay to see the BBC cover history. Not make itself history.