While You Were Sleeping: Better-Ball Record Set & Other Sleepers
With all the news about that Hawaiian teenager the first three or four days, the pairing of Toms and Campbell (was there a third?) was everything the PGA Tour needed to reaffirm that “These Guys Are Good.” Playing better-ball, Toms and Campbell birdied holes 3, 4, 6 through 14, 16 and 18. When asked what happened on 1, 2, 5, 15 and 17, Toms replied “I missed.” Campbell countered with “He missed.” Although the tournament is an individual medal event, the seven-stroke gap between T & C and the rest of the field inspired commissioner Tim Finchem to hastily add a better-ball division for added excitement, allowing the T-C duo to set a record recognized by Gary Player and Maurice Bembridge.
In other news, the Kraft Nabisco Championship invoked a new verb to slide Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel, and Brittany “Who?” Lang into this year’s event. By “clarifying” invitation criteria, the event assured itself, its television and tournament sponsors, and its fan base that the important young players would be in the field. Now, far be it from me to exclude anyone. Most rules structures are outdated, antiquated, quixotic, and inappropriate. However, we are now convinced that new LPGA Commish Carolyn Bivens does not suffer foolishness at all; she has made successive strokes to qualify Pressel for the entire season, and Wie for whatever she wishes to enter.
Finally, catching up to Paula Creamer is her significant other, Augusta State’s Tarik Can placed third in the New Year’s Invitational at St. Petersburg Country Club. Before you dismiss this as a member-member, the champ was Luke List, runner-up in last year’s US Amateur. 9th place went to Chase Baldwin, which we can only assume was Chris Baldwin playing under a wretchedly-assumed name.
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Since you asked Brittany, who, Lang.
Her lpga acheivements are similar to those of Pressel, but Pressel is overhyped. LOL.
Pressel's Best 3 lpga finishes:
2nd, 5th, 19th.
Brittany's Best 3 lpga finishes:
2nd, 6th, 15th.
Brittany was also joint 2nd with Pressel at the US Women's Open, but of course only one of them got alot of press for that.
Brittany didn't go slagging off other players, after the round, to try to make a name for herself, so not as many people noticed her 2nd place.
If the Wie's want to play in both Hawaii events next month, I would advise them to do so. Their chances of getting additional LPGA events improve if they don't hoard the ones they have. Possibilities. The LPGA could decide she qualifies on merit for the Kraft and the LPGA and so they don't count against her 6. Samsung could be the same, particularly if she has already used up her 6. The Evian could be considered an LET event. Or she might get a mid-season promotion to non-exempt LPGA status without any restrictions on other events she might want to play.
Lang and Pressel. This is like Creamer and Wie. If they perform at a comparable level, you have to be more impressed by the one who is about 3 years younger.
I respect the first comment about Bri Lang. The second one, however, I cannot ignore. Are you telling me that the US Women's amateur champion was ducking the likes of Freshwomen Amanda Blumenherst and Jennie Lee, and sophomore Jennifer Pandolfi? I'm not doubting their worth to the team, but I have a hunch that coach Dan Brooks would have made room on his team for Miss P. I think that the reason Lang is neglected in the media is, she didn't win the US Women's Am, and she was more of a come-from-behind story at the Open. Pressel was easy to focus on, as she succeeded (staying in the hunt) where, on that occasion, Wie failed.