Producer: Nick Dolin
An astounding 145 of the top 500 female golfers in the world are from South Korea, including four in the top ten. The tiny mountainous country, which is home to 50 million people, has little room for golf courses, but no other country in the world has more women in the top ranks of female professional golfers than the small Eastern Asian republic. While South Korean men are big fans of the sport and a handful of Korean men are currently on the PGA Tour, it is the women who strive to make it their career far more than their male counterparts. Many sacrifice traditional schooling, on the advice of their parents, to dedicate themselves to a craft that by their standards requires over 40 hours per week. The financial incentives are there for them too, as South Koreans are the most represented among the top 50 LPGA earners thus far in 2012. REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel travels to Korea to find out how a country roughly the size of Indiana and making up less than one percent of the world’s population has come to thoroughly dominate a sport.