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Sunday, May 4, 2014

So You Want Some Suspense in Your Golf Today?

Then you've got a choice to make because both the PGA and the LPGA events could end up being shootouts.

Phil lights it up

By now you know that Phil and Rory shot the lowest scores of the day (63 and 65, respectively) Saturday at the Wells Fargo Championship and got themselves back in the mix. Phil finished in solo 3rd, a mere two strokes back of leader J.B. Holmes, and Rory sits 7 shots off the lead. Holmes and Martin Flores are one and two on the board but neither has won in a while... and that's basically the story of the leaderboard. Other than Justin Rose (4 off the lead) you have to think Phil and Rory are the favorites.

Assuming that they can back up one good round with another, that is. Neither has done that very well this year.

At the North Texas LPGA Shootout you have essentially the same situation... except that 17 players are within 4 shots of the lead! Stacy Lewis and Meena Lee (who hasn't won since 2006) hold the lead, Suzann Pettersen is one back, Cristie Kerr is two back, Inbee Park is three back, and Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson are four back.

Some of the other players haven't won yet, but there are several like Lee -- players who have won before but haven't been in the winner's circle for a while. Check out these names: in addition to Lee, you have Na Yeon Choi, Natalie Gulbis, Christina Kim, Jennifer Johnson and Julieta Granada. And don't forget Jenny Shin, who has never won but is playing some of the best golf of her career (she was third last week, behind Lewis and Ko).

Unlike the PGA Tour event where Phil, Justin, and Rory are the clear-cut favorites and only 6 players are within 4 strokes of the lead, the LPGA leaderboard is not so clear. Assuming that just some the favorites play well, you could easily have 5 or 6 players contending over the last few holes.

So pick your poison, golf addicts! I know I'll be flipping back and forth between the two... or maybe I'll bring up one on my computer and one on the TV...

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