Gay Joins the Big Boys: A new Annika?

“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world.

The cream of the crop on the PGA Tour this year is Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Geoff Ogilvy and Brian Gay. Brian Gay? Yes, Brian Gay. Get familiar with that name. He put himself in elite company with his win at this week’s St. Jude Classic and joined the group of double winners on the PGA Tour this season. His win in April at the Verizon Heritage combined with this win places him eighth on the Tour’s money list with a cool $2.7 mil this season already. He also will need to make some quick travel plans as he now qualifies for the US Open at Bethpage this week. Four rounds in the mid sixties will go a long way on the tour. Gay had a great week going 64-66-66-66, and led all the way. Now we’ll see if he can take that momentum to the toughest layout of the year.

It is fitting that Phil and John Daly both finished T59. The two of them and their comebacks were the subject of most of the media this week. Daly will be resting this week as Phil moves on to the Open. The New York fans will be waiting for their beloved Phil. This is going to be some week for Phil and his family.

Anna Nordqvist became the fastest rookie to win a major on the LPGA tour. She took home the hardware at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship in only her fifth start on the LPGA Tour. She followed in her fellow Swede and mentor’s footsteps as Annika Sorenstam’s first win was also a major. This girl just turned twenty two years old and she continues the trend of young winners on the tour this year. She has worked with Annika at her academy and is known as an extremely hard worker. Could this be the start of another dominant Swede on the LPGA?

Links Life Golf LPGA Rookie, Stacy Lewis had her best finish of the year with a tie for ninth.


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