EXCLUSIVE-Chinese women golfers may shun LPGA event amid China-S.Korea tensions (Reuters)

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(Updates with Lotte official’s comment) SEOUL, March 30 (Reuters) – Chinese golfers on the U.S. women’s tour may decide not to play in a tournament next month in Hawaii sponsored by South Korean conglomerate Lotte Group, a sign that fallout from a diplomatic row between Beijing and Seoul over a missile defence system is increasingly spilling into the sports world. Rio Olympics bronze medallist Shanshan Feng decided not to play after she and three other Chinese players – Simin Feng, Jing Yan and Xiyu Lin – were informed it was in their best interests not to take part in the event due to its association with Lotte, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. One of the sources said that at least one player received an instruction not to attend the Lotte event from someone connected to China’s national team.

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