by Jeff Skinner
The LPGA starts one of their most interesting tournaments of the year today at The Sybase Match Play Championship. Match play is a different animal and there are some exciting first round matches. Si Ri Pak, last week’s winner takes on last week’s early round leader, rookie Azahara Munoz. Suzann Pettersen brings her hot temper against a match play veteran in Juli Inkster. One of last year’s better rookies takes on this year’s best as Stacy Lewis battles Amanda Blumenherst. Top US player Cristie Kerr takes on local girl Meaghan Francella. The biggest draw in women’s golf, Michelle Wie will be trying to advance over Stacy Prammanasudh. The LPGA and the Sybase people have to be hoping for Wie to advance to the final. Michelle Wie playing in the championship match would be a much needed tonic for the ills that face the LPGA Tour. While the tour presents a great product to real golf fans the only way to get a pop in the ratings is to have The Big Wiesy on the screen. A Wie versus “Anyone” would be a godsend for the LPGA.
Tom Watson was honored with the Byron Nelson Prize at The Byron Nelson Championship on Tuesday. It is awarded to the person in golf who best exemplifies the ideals of giving back that Byron Nelson personified. Watson was a close friend of Nelson and Nelson mentored Watson not just in the finer points golf, but also life. Watson treasured his relationship with Nelson. “Having the opportunity to become a friend, stay at his house and learn something about my golf swing from him but more importantly about how to be as a person, that’s what I’m very grateful for,” said Watson, “I got in the right profession, I guess, because I had a chance to meet up with one of the greats who was greater off the golf course than he was on.” It’s no wonder that Ryder Cup Captain, Corey Pavin is keeping Watson on his list of potential Ryder Cup candidates.
I am at a loss to describe the type of people that could break into an elderly man’s house, tie him and his wife up and proceed to rob them. That is what happened to Chi Chi Rodriquez and his wife at their resort home in Puerto Rico. Luckily they were not hurt but they were quite shaken up. Chi Chi is a local treasure in Puerto Rico and these culprits are absolute trash. Hopefully we’ll see Chi Chi back on the course soon.