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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Who Has the Best Storylines?

I was looking over the PGA and LPGA scoreboards to see which tournament looked more interesting today. The tournaments are on opposite each other (PGA on CBS, LPGA on GC) so which one has the best storylines?

I'm not sure I can choose one. Here are the ones that seem most interesting to me from both tours.

On the PGA, co-leader Brian Davis hasn't won yet. You may remember that Brian lost a playoff to Jim Furyk a couple of years back when he called a penalty on himself that they had to run the video in slo-mo just to see it. Getting his first win would be a great story.

On the LPGA, Brittany Lang is 2 strokes back after shooting birdie-birdie-eagle on the last 3 holes, putting her in a tie for second place. Brittany hasn't won either, but there's an extra twist to her story -- she graduated from Duke University, a school here in my state that's an NCAA golf powerhouse. However, no Duke player has ever won on the LPGA! This makes her story one of those "breaking the curse" stories. That would be pretty cool.

Then there are the comeback stories. On the PGA you've got Padraig Harrington (-9) and Stuart Appleby (-10) -- both of whom were playing great but they dropped off the face of the planet -- and Tim Clark (-9), coming back from injury. All have won before. On the LPGA you've got leader Inbee Park (-14) who hasn't won in 4 years. (Obviously I'm only looking at players who are close enough to the lead that they could conceivably win.)

And then there's your recent major winners with a chance to win. On the PGA both Masters champ Bubba Watson (-8) and U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson (-7) are within shouting distance of the leaders (-12). On the LPGA Wegmans champ Shanshan Feng (-9) and U.S. Women's Open Champ So Yeon Ryu (-8) are barely in range of the lead (-14). For Webb and Shanshan, this would be back-to-back wins (there was a week off between the LPGA tournaments, but it would still be consecutive wins.)

So what will you watch today? I'm torn. I guess I'll jump back and forth until I get so interested in one that I forget the other...

At least for a while. Then I'll switch again. ;-)

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