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Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Stories This Weekend

This week is the last major in our two-month stretch -- the JELD-WEN Tradition on the Champions Tour. However, I admit to being more excited about the Wyndham Championship (which happens to be in my own backyard, just east of me in Greensboro NC) and the Safeway Classic, on the PGA and LPGA Tours respectively.

Here are our main storylines headed in:

On the Champions Tour, the focus this week is Bernhard Langer. Can he make it 3 majors in a row? Freddie has once again elected to skip a Champions major, preferring instead to play at the Wyndham.

On the PGA Tour, the big story is the push to make the FedEx playoffs. Tiger sits at 108, and while the experts say he will probably make it (read the PGATour.com story here), there's still a chance he'll fall short. The article also gives you an idea of who can and can't move into the qualifying 125 -- and what they'll need to do so.

And on the LPGA, it's still about the scramble for #1 in the world rankings. Jiyai Shin has dropped to #3, and a good showing on the JLPGA (4th) for Ai Miyazato wasn't enough to give her the lead! That's how close the race has become -- Cristie Kerr leaps to the top because she has one less tournament counting in her total. The Top 5 now looks like this:
  1. Cristie Kerr: 10.47
  2. Ai Miyazato: 10.33
  3. Jiyai Shin: 10.24
  4. Suzann Pettersen: 10.02
  5. Yani Tseng: 9.85
This race is already very interesting, so should heat things up even more this week since all 5 ladies intend to tee it up.

Oh, and there's one more storyline I should mention... Dexter over at Golf Tips & Quips got some down-the-line footage of his over-the-top swing up in this post, and I in turn am going to do a post that I think will help him fix it pretty quickly. Look for that in the next couple of days. Dexter's problem is a pretty common one, so I suspect it may help a lot of players.

All-in-all, it's gonna be a pretty busy weekend.

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