The Weetabix Women's British Open: Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, and... Jeong Jang?
With one round left to play in the final major of the year, the cream has risen to the top at the Women?s British Open. Or in this case, the Creamer. The top five names on the board reads like a who?s who of women?s golf: Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, everyone?s favorite amateur Michelle Wie, and? Jeong Jang.
Actually, South Korean Jeong Jang (nickname, JJ) is leading the thing, after shooting three consecutive sub-70 rounds to be sitting at -13, and will be paired with Sorenstam in the final round. She said, ?I think I?m going to be nervous a little bit tomorrow.? Deep breaths, JJ.
Sorenstam shot a disappointing 73 the first day, but then went 69-66 to get back in the hunt. This is kind of a grudge match for her?not only is she trying to win her third major of the year, she?s also trying to match Tiger?s ten major titles. She and Tiger were tied at nine each until his British Open win a couple of weeks ago, and if she misses this one, he?s not likely to let her forget it.
Creamer and Wie had matching +3 75s on Thursday, but both have ridden the comeback train to end up T4, seven strokes off the lead.
Meanwhile, defending champion ?I-used-to-be-a-waitress? Karen Stupples relived some memories with an eagle on 18 to end up T9. Last year she opened her final round by dropping a 16-foot putt for eagle on the first hole, then holed her 187-yard second shot on the par-five number-two for an albatross on her way to a 64. Good golly!
I?m having some trouble on this one?I?d love to see Annika catch up to Tiger. I?d be happy with the Pink Panther continuing to break all kinds of rookie records. I?d love to see Michelle Wie make Chris Baldwin eat crow, as would most of his readers, who?re really stickin? it to him in their comments. But like Jeong Jang, I was born and grew up in Korea and would love to see my Seoul Sister do well too. Hmm. This is a tough one.
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Annika’s hunting for her tenth major.
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I LOVE IT EVERYTIME YOU PROVE CHRIS WRONG!!
*I'm posting this comment here because it serves nothing by clicking on the other blogger. A message to the editors of Travelgolf - free speech is one thing for one of your bloggers, but to incite fanatical hatred towards a young Asian American golfer is unsportsmanlike and unhinged.*
Wie indeed shall overcome and be the next Tiger Woods of women golfing. You go girl.
Good point Stephen--I think all the people who are appalled by Chris Baldwin needs to avoid his "article"--its only fueling his hatred.
I think Chris B. feelings are bordering on unnatural, and obsessive hatred as well- I think this website would do well to get rid of him before he ruins its reputation.
Whatever her naysayers might think, Michelle is establishing a solid record upon which she can build--and the only person whose interpretation of this record has any meaning is Michelle herself. Michelle knows she has shown improvement this year.
The Wie's are very smart. They accept the fact that she will be at a disadvantage putting with BJ on the bag. But he does make her feel comfortable. She has solid rounds. She does not make any really bad mistakes. Except for her putting, she is clearly the best woman golfer in the world. Her game continues to develop. She consistently puts herself in position where she has a chance to win, even with her putting problems.
Suppose Michelle goes pro at 16. She will get tons of endorsement money. She will get a top golf person to work full time as her caddie. Someone will be found who can work well with her--perhaps a top golf instructor or former pro who doesn't caddie at present. And this person will be a lot more help than BJ in reading the course and particularly the greens. Add to this another year of maturity for Michelle. As a full time high school student playing golf part time I think Michelle could win multiple Majors next year on the LPGA and make more than one PGA cut.
Did anyone hear Paula Creamer's latest interview? Somebody got to her. Instead of contemptuously blowing off a Michelle Wie rivalary question like she did last week, she was very respectful--claiming to be Michelle's friend, and looking forward to the day when Michelle would join the tour at which time there would presumeably be a friendly rivalry.
Didn't even realize the disadvantage of not having a professional caddie--that just makes Michelle's 3rd place finish even more impressive.
I was impressed with what Paula Creamer said about Michelle Wie as well ---Its nice to see a 19 year old that is that mature and classy --unlike a balding , middle-aged blogger here that will go unnamed.
Take a read under "Golf"
timesonline.co.uk or telegraph.co.uk
This impotent is a racist, period. He hates people with color and that's it. That is why he is rooting for a American white golfer to win and be on top. Too bad for him, but the LPGA will continue to be dominated by Asians, no matter what. Even the PGA is dominated by an Asian--Tiger Woods, if anyone care to remember is Asian.
But, the more we post our indignance on this guys blog, we are only giving reason for his bosses to give him a bigger raise. So the way to go around this is to response to his childis tirades by posting these at Jen's blog page--like I am doing.
It bothers me that things have gotten so nasty, but seriously I don't think Chris believes what he says. He is trying to stir the pot and get responses. He knows Michelle figures to be better than Paula--but if he wanted to get people to become involved, it is hard to see how he could have done any better. Did you see how many responses he got? Did you also see how few respondents agree with him?
I am more disturbed by other people. Nancy Lopez. The LPGA pros who couldn't beat Michelle on the golf course, butj objected to her exemption into the US Open last year. And Tiger Woods for spending too much time basking in the glow of all this praise of his approach to golf as a youngster, while Michelle was being raked over the coals.
I believe racism may be part of the package, but most is just jealousy, and fear that her challenging of the men may undermine the "Women's game". By which is meant the LPGA since obviously she is doing more to promote golf for women than anyone in years.
The other blogger on this website is motivated by personally motivated hatred towards the racial diversity in our society. The editors of this website allow him to couch his racially-motivated hatred in golfing analyses. It is one thing to be critical of a golfer, but to tear at a young Asian American golfer is unconscionable.
I can see that the older LPGA members griping about Michelle Wie due to insecurity, envy, and even some young amateurs are complaining about Michelle Wie out of sheer jealousy. It is obvious that they do not understand that they benefit a great deal from Michelle Wie bringing attention to golf.
Nothing pisses me off than someone 'assuming' someone else's motivations with absolutely zero proof to support their contentions. Can you point to one comment made by Chris, or anyone else on these blogs for that matter, that indicates racism is at the core of their perspective? Could it possibly be entirely conjecture on your part?
The evil of racism seems to have morphed into something just as distasteful. Honest discourse being shouted down by nitwits brandishing unsubstantiated claims of racism.
It will drive him crazy.