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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Yeah, Golf Is Like Life...

Because you're never out until you quit. This was an interesting theme in several tournaments on Saturday.

First, there was Yani. Friday she shot 70 for the first time in 10 rounds. Saturday she shot her lowest score since the first week of June! Her bogey-free -5 (67) tied her lowest score that week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and it was the lowest score at the Safeway Classic on Saturday. She's now T5.

And how about Michelle Wie? She had said she intended to forget about the first 6 months of 2012 and start all over. And now her two rounds of 70-69 (-5) are her lowest opening rounds at any tournament all year! Granted, it wasn't "pretty" like Yani's, but she found a way to get it done. She's T11; her best finish this year had been T33 at the Sybase (which, since it's match play, means she went out in the first round).

And then Sergio showed up at the Wyndham. His three rounds of 67-63-66 (-14) are 6 shots better than any full PGA tournament score so far this year! He's leading the tournament going into today.

But the real kicker has to be finalists at the U.S. Amateur. If I've got this right, Michael Weaver of Fresno CA plays Steven Fox of Hendersonville TN in the final today. Both made it out of stroke play qualifying in a 17-for-14 spot playoff. Officially, one was the 60th seed and one 63rd... out of 64 qualifiers! In the world ranking of amateurs, Weaver ranks 149th and Fox ranks 127th. These two guys barely made it out of qualifying yet they have dispatched all of the top-ranked amateurs in the world, earned exemptions into the 2013 U.S. Open, probably into the 2013 Masters, and the winner of today's match gets one into the 2013 Open Championship. (Provided they remain amateurs that long, of course.)

Oh yeah, there's that Havemeyer Trophy too. ;-)

Next time you get down on yourself about your game -- or just about anything in life, for that matter -- think about these players. Nothing's guaranteed... unless you quit, that is.

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