Wie, Whan, Tiger, Annika and Pebble Beach

Chip Shots…

Michael Whan is making fast progress re-establishing the LPGA to the tour it was before Carolyn Bivens tried to single handedly kill it.  There isn’t a resource that Whan hasn’t tapped and Ron Sirak covers Whan for a Golf Digest article.

Michelle Wie has come into a few more bucks.  Kia Motors has announced that Wie will serve as their spokeswoman. Wie is primed to be one of the most marketable properties in golf.  Her fine play at season’s end and her worldwide popularity make Wie a marketers dream.

Annika Sorenstam has adjusted to her new life away from the LPGA Tour just fine.  She’s so busy with her baby, academy and assorted business deals she’s not even playing golf.  Global Golf Post has an extensive interview with Annika.

Jeff Rude says that Mark O’Meara hasn’t talked to Tiger Woods since the crash.  At one time O’Meara was his closest friend on tour.  Times have changed.

Pebble Beach is one of the most revered locations in golf, both amateur and professional.  With the U.S. Open at Pebble this year there are some changes to the course.  The USGA always likes to tinker with the layout of its courses.  Larry Dorman in the New York Times gets some player reactions to the changes.

The AT&T Pro-Am goes back to its roots this year as it adds the Monterey Peninsula Country Club to the three club rotation.  In 1947, the first time the “Crosby Clambake” was held on the coast, Monterey Peninsula was one of the original courses.  Devil Ball Golf has Jerry Pate’s perspective on the new, old course. Nice job by Pate and Devil Ball.


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