21 July 2010

Top golfer considering Australian Citizenship

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South Korean Jin Jeong recently stunned with a top-14 finish in Sunday's British Open in his debut major and becoming the sport’s hottest amateur player.

Australian Citizenship

A top amateur golfer is considering an Australian citizenship application.

The 20-year-old, who last month became the first Asian to win the British Amateur Championship, was expected to seek Australian citizenship on his return from Scotland but it appears he is having second thoughts.

Jeong has been based in Melbourne for the past four years and has permanent Australian residency.

His coach, Trevor Flakemore, was asked during the British Open when Jeong planned to apply for Australian citizenship. Flakemore said the papers were ready to be filed and that he was just waiting for the green light from Jeong.

After the win last month the Korean seems to be unsure of which country he should represent and has been fielding sponsorship offers – many likely to be quite lucrative and from his birth country.

He plans to turn pro next year.


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