by Jeff Skinner
The LPGA is finally back in action this week as the ladies are in Oregon at beautiful Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club for the Safeway Classic. After a three week layoff the tour could use a little shot in the arm to get back in the America’s sports consciousness. Unfortunately the ladies look to have a dud on their hands.
America’s golfing sweetheart, Paula Creamer missed the cut as she is still feeling the effects of thumb surgery. The very popular Cristina Kim and Morgan Pressel miss the cut also and Michelle Wie is back in the pack. To top it off fan favorite and Hall of Famer Juli Inkster gets disqualified. That’s right Juli Inkster gets DQ’d for using a training aid during the round. Of all people to get fouled up by such a simple rule, Inkster has been on tour for 27 years and should know better. To make matters worse she was in contention and tied for second place in the tournament.
During a lengthy wait at the tenth tee she put a weighted donut on her club to help her stay loose. It was clear violation of the rules but no one caught it until an e-mail was sent to the LPGA by a television viewer. I am sure Inkster wasn’t thrilled but I bet Commissioner Michael Whan was a little peeved too. Here is a chance to get the tour rolling again and it falls flat. Well, I guess every week can’t be a Paula Creamer win.