Golf in China: All growing, all new, all raw

Updated: November 19, 2007, 9:48 PM ET
By Dan Washburn | Special to ESPN.com

SHANGHAI -- It's November, and in what is fast becoming pre-Thanksgiving protocol, the eyes of the golf world -- those that can manage to stay open, that is -- turn to China. This week, golf's annual World Cup begins its titanic 12-year stay at Mission Hills Golf Club in southern China's Guangdong Province. And a little more than a week ago, Phil Mickelson barely avoided disaster to emerge victorious at the star-studded HSBC Champions tournament in suburban Shanghai.

Both events, huge ...

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