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July 04, 2005

Golfer's English Lets Her Down on World Stage

Speaking about her performance at the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship, Japanese pro golfer Shinobu Moromizato said the thing that struck her most strongly was her lack of English conversational skills. In matchplay, one important aspect is for player pairs to decide who should shoot first. Also in this particular tournament there is a local rule that practise putting is not allowed once players have holed out. The 18-year old Moromizato - the only amateur in the 64-player field - was scolded by her playing partner Emilee Klein on the latter point, but had trouble understanding. She felt that both she and her partner were irritated by the communication breakdown and promised to study English more on her return to Japan. She won on the first day but was knocked out on the second by Korean 13th seed Jeong Jang.
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