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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Of Majors and Cups

Just need to make sure you're aware of a couple of developments from Monday.

Jason Day

First, Jason Day's thumb continues to be a problem. He has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week and will probably shut it down completely until the Masters. As I understand it, he has been able to hit short game shots -- putts, chips, pitches -- but when he got to Bay Hill and tried to hit full shots, he couldn't do it. In fact, he said he was extremely frustrated because he was flinching before he ever hit the ball -- he knew it was going to hurt, despite having it well-wrapped.

You can read Golfweek's announcement here for more details. Although Jason has had the thumb checked out and they say there's no damage -- so rest should be enough to heal it -- this isn't good news so close to Augusta. He is definitely one of the favorites there if he can play.

Julie Inkster at Solheim

The other announcement -- which is going to be made official today -- is that Julie Inkster will be the 2015 US Solheim Cup captain in Germany. And she's already announced that Pat Hurst will be her assistant captain (at least, her first one). Golf Digest has noted that this isn't all that dissimilar from the PGA picking Tom Watson for this year's Ryder Cup captain, since Julie's 53 and has a lot of Solheim Cup experience -- including her recent stint as a playing assistant.

You can get further details from these articles at espn.go.com and usatoday.com. This announcement will probably be received by the LPGA players much the same way Watson's was received by the PGA Tour players -- with ecstatic applause.

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