Truth & Rumors: Creamer gives her watch to a fan
With the addition of five new events this year—four in America—combined with the recent influx of young talent, has there ever been a better time to go out to an LPGA event? John Paul Newport of The Wall Street Journal doesn’t think so:
Compared with the PGA Tour, the players at LPGA events are much more accessible and the atmosphere more intimate.
Plus you may be walking away with a new watch when it’s all said and done.
On Thursday, when an errant drive by [Paula] Creamer hit a spectator, Creamer not only apologized but gave her the watch off her wrist, instead of the more customary signed glove.
For veterans of the game, though, the reason to come out and see these ladies play is simple—they’re really good. Major winner Pat Hurst puts it bluntly:
"When I first came out here [in 1994], there were maybe 25 who could really play. Now almost everybody can play."
After a short-lived reign, Sergio Garcia and his 12 at Doral have been ousted for highest score on an individual hole in 2012. Charlie Wi carded an octuple-bogey 13 on the par-5 5th on the Copperhead Course Sunday at Innisbrook.
Wi will need at least five more strokes next time if he wants to surpass the real king—John Daly. Daly holds the PGA Tour’s record for highest single-hole score with an 18. With Kevin Na out there, though, no one should rest on their laurels.
Lexi impresses the Golden Bear
Just about anyone who is anyone in the golf world has put their stamp of approval on wunderkind Lexi Thompson. That list now includes Jack Nicklaus.
According to Randall Mell, Lexi played golf with the 18-time major winner at the prestigious Seminole Golf Club Pro-Member in South Florida last week prior to her rookie debut in America.
Thompson got a special word of encouragement from the Golden Bear that she won’t soon forget after a couple of long drives.
“I heard him say, ‘wow,’” Thompson said. “That was pretty nice.”
“He said if I ever need any help, he’s a phone call away. It was so much fun. I would love to play with him again.”
As for how Jack’s game is holding up?
“He can still hit it pretty good,” Thompson said. “He outdrove me on one hole.”
Tweet(s) of the Day
Well I enjoyed it while it lasted! Congrats@LukeDonald! Impressive performance!— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) March 18, 2012
One good thing about today... My profile pic is now relevant again! Lol #everycloud— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) March 18, 2012
Way to take it in stride, Rory, even if the Woz should be holding up five more fingers to make that picture relevant again.
I wonder if Saint Patrick would approve of the current celebration of his life? #doubtIt— Paul Azinger (@PaulAzinger) March 19, 2012