Taipei, Johnson Wang (???), chairman of the Swinging Skirts Golf Foundation, expressed regret Tuesday that Chinese players will not attend this year's Taiwan Championship to be held this week.
"It's a pity that they are not able to show up for the tournament," Wang said, referring to World No. 9 Feng Shanshan and another rookie player from China, Liu Yu.
His comments came following a Reuters report earlier in the day which said sources familiar with the situation indicated that the two Chinese players have been told by someone "high up" in China to skip the event in Taiwan.
The foundation chairman refused to elaborate on the reason for their absence, except to say that Feng is an exceptional golfer.
"Certainly this could impact her ranking and is a chance to go for the prize money," Wang said.
The 2018 Swinging Skirts Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Taiwan Championship will be held in Taoyuan from Thursday through Sunday.
A total of 81 players are set to tee-off in the 72-hole tournament over four rounds at the Ta Shee Golf and Country Club in Taoyuan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel