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South Korea's superstar female golfers

Published 0911 GMT (1711 HKT) November 2, 2016
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South Korean golfers are dominating the women's game at present, with six players in the world's top 10 rankings and 40 in the top 100. Se Ri Pak was the first Korean to win a golf major, the LPGS Championship, in 1998. A decade later, a wave of "Se Ri kids" emerged. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/file
There have been 11 more major winners from South Korea since Pak's breakthrough. Inbee Park has surpassed Pak's five career majors to reach seven at the age of just 28. jeff pachoud/afp/getty images
In Gee Chun is a double major winner and the 22-year-old says Pak was the catalyst for a host of golfing prodigies in the country: "Se Ri has raised the standard of Korean golf and helped the careers of so many players. Not only that, her success has lifted the whole golf industry in the country." Scott Halleran/Getty Images/file
Lydia Ko, who grew up in South Korea but moved to New Zealand aged six, became the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament in 2012 aged just 14. She has since become the youngest person ever to top the golf rankings, and the youngest woman ever to win a major title.
Korean culture promotes discipline and dedication, and also places a heavy important on winning rather than merely taking part. Ha Na Jang (pictured) said: "There is a lot of rivalry between Korean players. They consider each other as competitors, not as a friend or fellow player."
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Jiyai Shin has two majors to her name and was the first Asian player to ranked No. 1 in the world. Matt Roberts/Getty Images/file