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Archive for April 29th, 2010

Poor ball striking dooms Tiger Woods in opening round at Quail Hollow

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The saying “drive for show, putt for dough” is something every golfer has heard at one time or another while playing the game. While the saying is almost always true, there is something to be said for being able to hit the ball straight and keep it in play.

It really doesn’t matter how good you’re putting if you can’t reach the green in regulation. Tiger Woods found that out the hard way on Thursday, posting an opening round 2-over 74 that included knocking two balls into the drink on 17 and 18 (his 8th and 9th holes of the day).

Woods’ putting wasn’t the problem during his round (he currently ranks T30 with 1.667 putts per round); it was his accuracy that doomed him during an up-and-down round that had the world number one shaking his head when he was finished. Woods commented that he had no idea which way the ball was going for most of the day. You know that’s never a good thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Jonathan Wall

04/29/2010 at 2:18 pm

Michelle Wie’s McDonald’s commercial is exactly what LPGA needs

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Today’s opening round of the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, signaled the changing of the guard on the LPGA tour. The tour’s poster child, Lorena Ochoa, is playing in her last professional golf event as a full-time member. Where does the tour go from here without the face of the game? Nobody knows for sure. Quite honestly,the bigger question that needs to be answered is, who’s going to take the torch and become the new face of women’s golf?

The LPGA not only needs a recognizable face to go along with their sport; they also need someone who can win on a consistent basis. Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam did that. While she’s still young in her own right, the future of the LPGA most likely sits in the hands of one player — and that would be Michelle Wie. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/29/2010 at 11:03 am

Posted in LPGA, Media, Michelle Wie