Golf: Woo out to wow

Golf: Woo out to wow
PRO PATH: Jonathan Woo is planning to turn professional in 2015 after completing his studies.

Talk to Singapore golfer Jonathan Woo about American collegiate sports, and his eyes light up.

Ask the University of Oregon undergrad how the Ducks - the mascot of the school's athletic programme - are doing this year, and he will ask you "which sport?".

"Our football team aren't doing too well. We lost to Stanford and Arizona recently," he replied with a sigh. "Our basketball team are pretty good though. We're ranked pretty high this year."

Woo himself is a student-athlete in the US.

Ranked No. 1 on the Oregon golf team, the 23-year-old won the Duck Invitational in March.

The third-year social science major also helped his university retain the team title in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) event.

Next week, he will be shedding his college colours for the red and white of Singapore.

Woo, along with Marc Ong, Jerome Ng and Abdul Hadi, are leading the Republic's charge for gold in men's golf at the South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

Speaking to The New Paper on Saturday on his return to Singapore before flying off to Myanmar on Thursday, the softspoken Woo had no qualms about discussing every other sport other than golf.

The ardent Manchester United fan spoke of his plans to catch American football team Seattle Seahawks in action when he returns to the US next month.

He has already seen the Portland Trail Blazers in NBA action, an experience he describes as "crazy fun".

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