Yang Surprises Sorenstam at Scandinavian TPC
Inkster Juggles Golf and Family
Julie Inkster has seven majors among her 31 LPGA titles, and she shot a 65 for the first-round lead at the Sunningdale Golf Club in the recent Women's British Open. She also happens to be a mother of an 18-year-old and a 14-year-old.
She has said that it is impossible to be a good mother and the best player in the world at the same time. That might explain why Annika Sorenstam is leaving the game after saying she wants a family.
"I don't think Annika could come out here and finish, you know, 15th or 12th on the money list and live with herself," Inkster said. "Me, I'm OK with that."
Inkster recalled one instance when she spent an entire night in the emergency room with one of her daughters who had an ear infection. She left at about 7:30 a.m., teeing it up at 9:20.
"I don't even know what I shot. I was in a fog. I probably played well because I wasn't even thinking," Inkster said.
"You know what's funny about the whole thing is the emergency-room doctor who helped me out . . . he got off at 9 right after his shift and came out and walked the whole 18 with me. That was pretty cool. I said, 'Well, we'll stay up together.'"
Quotes From 'El Gato' Eduardo Romero
While the likes of Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods spew forth nothing but well-rehearsed quotes to the media after every round, Eduardo "El Gato" Romero speaks from his heart.
The Argentine could barely control himself after winning the U.S. Senior Open.
"This is very important — very important — because we're working hard for golf in Argentina," Romero said joining Roberto de Vincenzo as the only two Argentines to win the title.
"I'm back to Argentina with this cup! It's mine!"
Padraig Harrington Sounding Like a Champion
When Ireland's Padraig Harrington captured the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club, he became the first European since Scottish-born Tommy Armour in 1930 to win the major, and the first European ever to win back-to-back majors.
He now sounds more confident than any European golfer since the heyday of Nick Faldo.
"I love the idea of the back nine of a major on a Sunday. I'm actually really disappointed that we have to wait another seven months for the next one to be honest with you," Harrington said.
"I need that adrenaline to get me going, and I felt an edge today. I felt an edge (over Sergio Garcia who tied for second) in terms of experience, in terms of taking my opportunity when it comes around."
What might be most amazing about the victory and an indication of what kind of player Harrington has become, was his ability to get through the first two rounds in which he struggled with his game.
"I wasn't happy with the way I was swinging the golf club . . . wasn't focused, was hitting shots that were just terrible. I hit shots that were 40 to 50 yards offline on Thursday and Friday. My coordination was all wrong," he said.
"To be honest, I couldn't get to the clubhouse quickly enough. My game was going downhill fast, and I just wanted to get off. I had a chat with some people on Friday, and maybe the cause of it all was that I was dehydrated out there. I don't know if that was reason, but it gave me some kind of an explanation, something to focus on, something tangible to pin it on."
Players Bored With Oakland Hills PGA Course
When the PGA Championship came to Oakland Hills Country Club, it was a markedly different layout than the one players faced in the 2004 Ryder Cup. Architect Rees Jones reworked the design with some of the more substantial changes being the lengthening of all the par-3s and consequently, the removal of much of the diversity.
"It's a little monotonous," Phil Mickelson told the Boston Globe. "We're hitting the same club." Brad Faxon agreed. "They didn't leave much to the imagination at those holes," he said.
Here are the average lengths they played: third, 198 yards; ninth, 260 yards; 13th, 191 yards; 17th, 238 yards.
In the Globe story, Adam Scott said his favorite par-3s were all short holes, including one at Royal Melbourne in his native Australia that plays 148 yards. "We play it as the seventh hole on the composite course, but it might be the best par 3 in the world. It's only a wedge, but it's a great hole."
Mickelson pointed out that the 9th and 17th are virtually the same length. So, too, are the 3rd and 13th. He would rather have had the 13th kept at its previous length, approximately 170 yards, and the 9th left at 220.
"I kind of liked the mixture," he said, "because as it is, the thought process is eliminated."
CBS Covers CBS
CBS has apparently run out of stories to report on while covering golf tournaments, so they've decided to cover themselves.
According to a PGA Tour press release, "When it comes to television coverage, the best shot in golf belongs to the MetLife blimp. A new hour-long documentary airing on CBS entitled: "The Best Shot in Golf" presented by MetLife, will summarize how the 1,500-foot aerial shot has become an essential part of how CBS Sports covers the PGA."
It was shown during the 2008 PGA Championship held at Oakland Hills Country Club.
Instead of giving themselves a pat on the back, CBS would have better served the game of golf with an hour-long documentary showing how first Robert Trent Jones Sr., then his son Rees Jones, along with the PGA of America that runs the tournament, all but eradicated the intent of original architect Donald Ross at Oakland Hills.
Even CBS announcer Peter Kostis, who usually raves about every course from which they are telecasting, knocked Rees's effort.
"He didn't give you much options in the way you can play the golf course," Kostis said, adding later, "he's taken away a lot of the angles Ross intended."
As a writer in the Scotsman on Sunday newspaper put it, "Things have gone too far when the gallery complains about the course being too hard."
In most cases the golfers are reluctant to criticize a course, especially one hosting a major, but not this time.
The best of the slogging came from Australian Robert Allenby who said: "They have taken an OK golf course and turned it into a lot of crap. That's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it."
Yang Surprises Sorenstam at Scandinavian TPC
Amy Yang spoiled Annika Sorenstam's finale tournament-golf homecoming with a Sorenstam-like final round, tying the course record with a 9-under 63 for a six-shot victory at the Scandinavian TPC.
Sorenstam finished tied for sixth.
"I never thought I could win the tournament. The leader was four shots ahead of me, so I thought I'd just go out and have fun. I'm very happy," Yang said.
Yang, who has idolized Sorenstam since childhood, played in the host's group during the first two rounds.
"I was nervous . . . I hardly dared to talk to her because she's my idol. Before the tournament I wanted Annika to win it. She's my favorite player," Yang said.