Have you ever heard of Henrik Stenson? He’s a very good golfer, but not exactly a household name (unless, of course, you are from Sweden). He is, however, the highest ranked golfer participating in this week’s BMW Asian Open in Shanghai. Ernie Els, Luke Donald and David Howell all pulled out of the tournament, citing one ailment or another. It’s leading some to wonder: Are the world’s top athletes allergic to Shanghai? You may remember the mass exodus of top names at the ATP Tennis Masters Cup last fall. And more recently, many of the big guns did not make the trip to the World Short Course Swimming Championships. The South China Morning Post has taken to calling this the “Shanghai Sickness” — we always thought that was food poisoning. Anyway, here’s a list of athletes that don’t seem to be current on their Shanghai shots:
Pussies. All of them.
Photo of Henrik Stenson — who is immune to the “Shanghai Sickness” — from golf.se.