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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Not as Catchy as Wozzilroy

Several newsworthy events happened over the weekend that I thought I'd get you caught up on, in case you missed them.

Tiger and Lindsey VonnThe news grabbing the most headlines was Tiger and pro skier Lindsey Vonn (who is also divorced) making it official that they're dating. You'd have to be dead not to have heard the rumors -- especially when Tiger sent his private jet to get her after a nasty crash at the Alpine World Championships in Austria last month. She tore several ligaments in her right knee, which effectively ended her season.

Both Tiger and Lindsey posted Facebook photos (like the one at right, from this golf.com article) and announced that yes, they were dating. I was surprised to see that ESPN had already added one of the photos to the montage they run behind their sports anchors.

Of course, this begs the question... what will the media call them? Unlike Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ("Brangelina") or Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy ("Wozzilroy"), Tiger and Lindsey's names just don't lend themselves to such butchering. All I could come up with was "Linger" (which is an actual word and not so catchy) and "Lindseger"... although, if we went with Tiger's first name, we could use "Lindseldridge." However, that sounds more like an evil citadel from Middle Earth or maybe a rejected Dr. Seuss character.

Perhaps that's why they asked folks to respect their privacy...

Stacy LewisAlso in the news this weekend was Stacy Lewis's ascent to World #1 in the Rolex Rankings. (The photo is from this usatoday.com article.) I mentioned it in passing in my Monday list of tournament winners, but it deserves a bit more attention. Other than Cristie Kerr's 5-week reign at #1 back in 2010, there have been NO American #1s since the rankings began.

But it's the unlikelihood of her becoming #1 that makes it newsworthy. In the rankings one year ago -- March 19, 2012 -- Yani was #1 with 17.27 points and Stacy was #9 with 6.18 points -- over 11 points behind. This week, Stacy is #1 with 9.75 points and Yani is #2 with 9.13 points. In only one year Stacy has overcome a seemingly insurmountable points lead!

It remains to see what effect this has on women's golf in general, but it will be interesting to see how long Stacy can stay on top. After all, she got here by winning 6 LPGA tournaments in slightly more than 11 months!

Jordan SpiethFinally, if you're a Jordan Spieth fan, you're going to be seeing a lot more of him the rest of this year. With his T7 this past week at Innisbrook, he made enough money to get his special temporary status on Tour. That means he's made enough money to match #150 on last year's money list and is therefore no longer limited to only 7 sponsor exemptions. (You can read more about that at this espn.com article, which is also the source of the photo.) In addition, he automatically qualified for the Houston Open with that T7.

Those are the main stories -- at least, golf stories -- that stood out to me this weekend. I guess the big story this week will be whether Tiger can get win #3 of 2013 at Arnie's place and continue the streak of American winners on Tour this year. (I think Streelman's win made it 12 in a row.)

At least I'm sure he won't show up with any wedges sporting the name "Lindseldridge."

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