Ruoning Yin, a young golfer from Shanghai, China, recently made headlines in the sports world by winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Despite being only 20 years old, Yin has been a fan of basketball player Steph Curry for nine years, showing her love for sports from an early age.
Ruoning Yin Won a Major
Ruoning Yin has always had a passion for golf but used to jokingly tell her mom that she would have pursued basketball if she were taller. Standing on the 18th tee during the final round of the championship, Yin knew she held a one-shot lead. After watching Yuka Saso birdie the final hole, Yin understood that she needed a birdie of her own to secure the victory. With confidence and determination, she made the birdie, securing her first major championship win.
Interestingly, Yin wasn’t even playing golf when her compatriot, Shanshan Feng, became the first Chinese player to win a major championship back in 2012. Yin started playing golf at the age of 10, the same year her friend Xiyu Lin joined the LPGA. Lin, who rented her second home in Orlando to Yin, spoke highly of Yin’s talent and composure under pressure.
Yin Started Golfing in 2020
Yin’s professional career took off in 2020 when she won three consecutive tournaments on the China LPGA Tour, setting a record. She earned her LPGA card at the 2021 Q-Series, making her way to the U.S. Since then, Yin has worked on improving her English and maturing her game. She has adopted a more strategic approach, taking calculated shots instead of always aiming for the pin.
Accompanying Ruoning Yin in her recent victory was her new caddie, Jon Lehman. Lehman, a veteran caddie on the Korn Ferry Tour, joined Yin after her previous caddie was let go. He proved to be an excellent fit, familiar with the course and providing valuable insights on the greens. Yin praised Lehman’s ability to read the greens, and their collaboration has been fruitful.
Yin’s win at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship puts her in the company of golfing legends like Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, and Mickey Wright, who have also claimed victory at the prestigious Baltusrol Golf Club. Looking ahead, Yin will compete in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach, where a major championship will be held for the first time on the iconic course.
Any good basketball franchise needs one player who will stand up and be counted when it matters most. After years of searching, it looks like the Boston Celtics finally have their clutch performer in Kemba Walker.
Losing An All-Star
One of the problems for the Celtics last season was knowing that Kyrie Irving was leaving. During their playoff against the Bucks, it wasn’t exactly the end of the world that Irving had checked out.
The man who stepped in to replace the Celtics All-Star was none other than Kemba Walker, and it seems to be a match made in heaven. Walker, who is also an All-Star, isn’t regarded as talented or accomplished as Irving, but he does have plenty of experience from eight years with the Hornets.
Turning The Frown Upside Down
In 2019, the Celtics were used to seeing Irving’s scowl and using that as motivation; in 2020, it’s all about Walker’s beaming smile. While this is a big difference between the two stars, the biggest might just be how they act on the court.
What we have seen in the Orlando bubble is the difference between late-game Kyrie and late-game Kemba. Walker has been making the difference for the Celtics when it matters most, and he has led Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals.
In the closing moments of game seven in the Eastern Semi-Final, Walked found himself with the ball, and Celtics fans once again had hope.
Instead of shooting and potentially missing with a two-point lead, Walker kept his cool, held onto the ball, and ran the clock down while surrounded by the Raptors defense. Walker passed to Grant Williams, who was then fouled, and Boston held their nerve to reach the conference finals.
While Kyrie Irving may have left the Celtics with a bad taste in their mouths, it looks like Kemba Walker is the man worth shouting about in Boston.