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China set to take lead in Asian golf

Li Haotong's recent Dubai triumph shows why, despite the odds, Chinese golf is flying high on the continent

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China is often touted as the flagbearer for Asian golf; Li Haotong wrote his name in the history books and underlined his prodigious talent as he becomes the first Chinese male golfer to claim a spot in the world's top 50, and the country now boasts the world's No 1 ranked female player in Feng Shanshan (above).

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China is often touted as the flagbearer for Asian golf; Li Haotong (above) wrote his name in the history books and underlined his prodigious talent as he becomes the first Chinese male golfer to claim a spot in the world's top 50, and the country now boasts the world's No 1 ranked female player in Feng Shanshan.

Singapore 

GOLF was a sport banned by China's paramount leader Mao Zedong during his reign in the 1950s to the 1980s because he considered it too bourgeois.

It is a sport that's also discouraged by current Chinese President Xi Jinping because he considers it too elite, which

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