Thanks to Chigger at Seoul Sisters.com for bringing to my attention this piece by Terry Wilson on the ANZ Ladies Masters, which looks at Amy Yang's difficult decision to skip the Australian tournament that she won as a 16-year-old amateur in 2006. Along the way, Wilson reveals that Ji-Yai Shin, Ya Ni Tseng, Inbee Park, Karrie Webb, and Ai Miyazato have committed to starting their seasons down under. They'll be joining the usual contingent of LET stalwarts, among them Laura Davies, Gwladys Nocera, Martina Eberl, Lotta Wahlin, Rebecca Hudson, Melissa Reid, Becky Brewerton, and Yuki Sakurai, along with players with dual LPGA/LET membership like Linda Wessberg, Anna Rawson, Ashleigh Simon, and Tania Elosegui (barring withdrawals in the next couple of weeks).
[Update 1 (1/14/09, 3:22 am): Yes, I did just confuse Amy Yang and Vicky Hurst! Somehow they occupy the same category in my brain: young golfers of Korean descent with strong ties outside Korea (Yang to Australia, Hurst to the U.S., where, as Jamie R.S. points out in comments, she was born in Melbourne, FL!) whom I expect to have breakout seasons in 2009. My bad!]