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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Who Can Teach You More... The Men or the Ladies?

This is a great week for golf. The men are playing the Wyndham Championship, near and dear to my heart because they're playing in Greensboro NC, about 35-45 minutes from where I live. The Wyndham, which started life as the Greater Greensboro Open (aka The GGO) has a lot of history:
  • Sam Snead won the first one and went on to win a total of 8, the most wins for a single tournament; he won the first one in 1938 and become the oldest winner on tour by winning his 8th in 1965.
  • In 1961 Charlie Sifford became the first African-American player to play a PGA Tour event in the South at Greensboro.
  • And Seve Ballesteros won his first US tournament at Greensboro in 1978.
The GGO used to be played in March, the week before the Masters; now the Wyndham is the lead-in to the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Meanwhile, the ladies will be playing the Solheim Cup up in Sugar Grove IL. The ladies’ counterpart to the Ryder Cup, despite its relatively short history, has become an awesome event. The ladies are every bit as competitive as the men, and it’s a good chance to see some of the European players who don’t play much on the LPGA.

I think both are well worth watching, but if you’re a weekend player hoping to pick up some useful tips, I’m going to recommend you spend some time watching the ladies… even if you’re one of the guys! Why? Because the women are more likely to be playing the shots a weekend golfer will face.

Most of the women don’t play the power game that the men do, which means you’ll probably learn more short game tricks; players like Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, and Juli Inkster are absolute wizards on and around the green. And Brittany Lincicome, who’s picked up the nickname “Bamm-Bamm,” and Michelle Wie will probably drive the ball far enough to make you jealous.

So enjoy all the golf this weekend, but be sure to make some time for the ladies. You won’t be disappointed.

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