Monday, March 29, 2010

Updating All the Tours EXCEPT the PGA

Another rain-delayed Limerick Summary. Life is so cruel... Well, we can still take a quick look at what's going on around the rest of the golf world.

On the European Tour, Louis Oosthuizen got his first pro victory Sunday at the Open de Andalucia de Golf. He's another of the young group of South African pros making a mark on the Tour. Except for Sally Little, I can't think of any female South African golfers of note; you can comment if you think of any others. But I wonder why only the men are making a mark?

Of course, it's the Koreans who are storming the LPGA Tour. Hee Kyung Seo won the Kia Classic, the first LPGA event on American soil this year. Stephanie Wei has a "Know Your Asians" post about her over on her site, but I can't find a way to link directly to it; your best bet is to do a search on her blog for the name. Anyway, Seo was a sponsor's invite who already qualified for the Kraft Nabisco next week... and she won this one by 6 strokes after putting it in the water on 16. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say she'll probably do ok on the LPGA Tour.

Finally, Fred Couples shot a 10-under to win the Cap Cana Championship by 2 strokes. In four starts he has a 2nd place (he needed a warm-up event) and three consecutive wins. I'm gonna go out on another limb and say that, by the end of the year, the old guys will be playing on "the Couples Tour." (He's 77 under par in four tournaments. Yowza!)

The PGA will finish up the Arnold Palmer Invitational at 10AM Monday on TGC. I'll have the Limerick Summary tomorrow.

6 comments:

  1. Ashleigh Simon was much-hyped coming up, but so far hasn't lived up to expectations....

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  2. True... but Simon only has 1 win. Seo had 11 Korean Tour wins before this LPGA win; those are Jiyai Shin-type numbers. Whether she'll do as well as Shin remains to be seen, but this seems like a pretty good start, don't you think?

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  3. Thanks, Bill. It's too bad that Michelle Wie's penalty at 11 may get more attention than Seo's rather decisive win.

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  4. The thing about the Korean players is that they're sooo distinctive but yet have been so easy for western/us audiences to lump together as "the Koreans" or even "the Asians". Finally that seems to be changing and having some of these players become recognized stars here in the US would be great for the LPGA tour.

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  5. I'm wondering if that isn't becoming part of the plan for the foreign players coming over here, Patricia. Bill made a good point over at OTB that Seo is so beautiful that she might single-handedly change some American views about Asian players. Coupling something distinctive with outstanding play can certainly transcend the stereotypes that sometimes plague golfers. (That applies to the Americans going overseas as well.)

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