Some of the top current and former female golfers in the world, including Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Annika Sorenstam, have expressed serious reservations over the LPGA’s decision to stage an official tournament event in which the entire purse will be “imaginary.”
(Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel may skip ill-conceived tournament)
Randall Mell of The Golf Channel - via Geoff Shackelford - reported this week the details of the inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, which was created by new LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan “to honor the pioneers who founded the tour and to fund the LPGA-USGA Girls’ Golf Foundation. The event is scheduled March 18-20 in Phoenix as the first American event on this year’s schedule.”
Now for the weird part:
The unique tournament format will feature a $1.3 million “mock purse.” That money is all imaginary. Read more…
Anna Rawson usually knows how to get publicity for herself (even if it’s not because of her game) - the saucy LPGA golfer is quick with a quote and also quick to pose for pictures in skimpy, revealing outfits. But DEADSPIN passes on word that she’s getting publicity for all the wrong reasons, as she is having to defend herself after making some less-than-PC comments about lesbian golfers to an Australian radio station.
Specifically, she was asked about how much women’s golf has changed in recent years. Unfortunately, her answer didn’t involve deeper fields, a higher caliber of players, the influx of worldwide talent. Instead, she chose to reflect on how writers and male fans perceive the sport, using a word describing a barrier that holds back water in Holland quite descriptively:
Despite the good story and impressive feat of Padraig Harrington winning back-to-back British Opens (as well as Greg Norman being competitive), Thomas Bonk of the L.A. TIMES passes on a shocker: without Tiger Woods, the PGA Tour’s TV ratings are taking a dive.
The details of the tournaments without Tiger, as far as eyeballs on sets go, do not bode well for the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.
• EVERY DAY SHOULD BE SATURDAY suggests that nothing would be more intimidating to Miami Hurricanes foes than playing in a half-demolished Orange Bowl.
• PRO FOOTBALL TALK isn’t so high on Travis Henry right now, as the teamless RB has failed yet another drug test.
• THE WORLD OF ISAAC celebrates Paula Creamer’s round of 60 by teeing up a pleasant pictorial of the good-looking golfer.
• DEADSPIN races up news that Barack Obama may be sponsoring a NASCAR car.
Paula Creamer had a great first round at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic on Thursday. But had she known the correct course par, she might have tied an all-time LPGA record.
(Paula’s future’s so bright, she’s gotta wear shades)
YAHOO SPORTS reports that Creamer birdied 9 of her last 11 holes to end up with an opening round score of 60, setting a new course record for the Highland Meadows in Ohio. And she became only the fifth LPGA player to shoot a 60 or below in a competitive round.
But Paula thought the course was a par-72. It wasn’t until the end of the round that she & her caddy Colin Cann realized that it was actually a par-71. Read more…
TEXAS PAPER SCORES HOLE-IN-ONE WITH NAUGHTY HEAD:
Your Tournament of Champions winner, Paula Creamer.
Actual headline from the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN: