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Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Age of Competition

This will be a very short post. (Some of you are quite relieved -- I can tell!) But we have a potential storyline forming on both the PGA and LPGA Tours.

In Los Angeles, Fred Couples has taken over the lead at the Northern Trust Open. I'm not surprised -- after all, he's won there twice -- but I don't hear any TV announcers giving him much chance to win... he's too old.

Meanwhile, 8000 miles away in Thailand, Juli Inkster has the lead by herself after 6 holes. Juli is also a "senior" now.

Could the world see three over-50 winners on three separate tours this week? (The third tour would be the Champions Tour, of course!) We'll just have to see... but this could get really interesting if it keeps up.

I can tell you exactly why Juli's playing so well. I didn't include her on my entry in the 2011 LPGA Prognostication Derby. I expect her to win this year but I figured she might not want to travel a lot, which would limit her playing time somewhat. Never tick off an LPGA professional!


  1. At what point in the third round did Inkster have the lead ? The scorecards don't match up and the third round ended with Inkster 5 shots behind Tseng.

    Understandable that Couples isn't getting a ticker tape parade - with his back problems, you just never know when he's going to lock up and fall back. The amazing thing is that American TV broadcasters aren't doing their usual hype job on a story. Maybe the fact that Nantz and Couples roomed together in college - one of Nantz' fallback stories - has them taking a little more of a "wait and see" tact.

  2. After 6 holes of her third round, Juli was -2 for the day and leading the tournament by one stroke. She was at -7; Yani had doubled 2 and fallen back to -5, and Wie was closest at -6 after a bogey on 3. Then I got offline...

    At which point Juli bogeyed 7, 8, 11 & 13... bye bye, lead.