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Wen-Chong Liang drops in from nowhere, sets Whistling Straits record

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You know, there's been a lot of griping about how maybe these majors shouldn't invite everybody and their brother to play, that maybe we should trim the field a bit in order to ensure that somebody you've actually heard of wins one of these damn things once in awhile.

It's a nice argument, and it has merit, but it also means we'd miss out on a charge like we saw Saturday, when Wen-Chong Liang absolutely scorched Whistling Straits to set a course record with a 64.

Now, you may not know who Liang is, but China certainly does -- he's the top-ranked golfer there, and the only Chinese player in the top 100 the Official World Golf Rankings. (Sure, he's 99, but it counts.) He's the first Chinese golfer to make a cut in a major -- in 2007 at the British -- and he's absolutely owned the Asian Tour. He jumped from the middle of the pack at -1 after the second round to -8 and within sight of the leaders.

He'll be going off in one of the final pairings on Sunday, and if he plays anywhere near as well as he did on Sunday, a whole lot more people are going to know his name very soon.

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