Bienvenue! My name is Jamie and I like golf. I grew up playing tennis in eastern Massachusetts, but fell in love with the game after watching Se Ri Pak defeat Jenny Chausiriporn at the 1998 U.S. Womens Open. I studied Hospitality & Tourism Management (with a focus on Event, Tourism, and Convention Management) at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tennis is my first love, but golf is a very close second. I believe style should equal substance, and the latter is nothing without the former.

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"you can't make harmony, when everyone is singing the same note."

 

Navistar LPGA Classic Preview

With many of the world’s top players sitting the last full field domestic event out, this week’s event could be a big breakthrough for one of the many talented ladies on tour. Some notable names not in the field include #1 on the money list Jiyai Shin, the owner of the longest top 10 streak on tour Ai Miyazato, and Suzann Pettersen who has decided to rest her foot after withdrawing from the final round last week in Danville. So, which player is likely to break through this week?

Could it be world #1 and defending champion Lorena Ochoa who with every winless week is losing grip to Shin as the LPGA’s top performer? Ochoa has been in contention the last two weeks, but has been unable to close the deal on the weekend. On the flip side, she has had top 10s in her last 3 events, and should find herself a 4th straight top 10. Can she get it done is the clutch is the bigger question, which is a strange one to be asking a world #1 and two-time winner in 2009.

Can Michelle Wie finally cash in and take home her first LPGA title. She’s had many strong finishes this year, but hasn’t been in the thick of things late on Sunday. Many expect Wie to become the face of the tour, and getting a win this week could go a long way in that. Wie who will be skipping the mini Asian circuit to continue classes at Stanford is running out of chances to join Shin, Anna Nordqvist, and M.J. Hur as rookie winners in 2009.

Sun Young Yoo is another player seeking her first title, and has a T2 and T3 in her last two events. Yoo looks poised to become another South Korean winner on tour. Yoo showed in her playoff loss to Shin at Arkansas that she can make birdies on the closing holes, but was unable to string them together on the front nine last week at the CVS. Can she prove that she can get the deal done on this week?

With the 2009 Tour Championship qualifying criteria unannounced as of yet, it’s going to be a go big or go home week for many players sitting outside the top 80 and top 100 on the money list. The Tour Championship does feature a field of 120, so perhaps we should be looking at the top 120 on the money list as a cut off point as well.

Time for my weekly picks, and after doing pretty well last week, the pressure is certainly on once again:

  1. Yoo
  2. Kerr
  3. Wie
  4. Ochoa
  5. Choi
  6. Lee, Sarah
  7. Feng
  8. Hull
  9. Kim, Christina
  10. Kim, Song-Hee
  11. Lee, Seon Hwa
  12. Hurst, Vicky

Shin Leads (duh!) Rookie of the Year

If you added Anna Nordqvist + Michelle Wie’s points together, they would still not have enough to overtake Jiyai Shin for Rookie of the Year. What a season.

Also, do you think the rookies ranked 4-6, Mika Miyazato, Vicky Hurst, or Stacy Lewis might switch seasons with 7th ranked M.J. Hur who earned a victory at the Safeway Classic?

Should a win mean more in this ranking?

Another Reason to Hate Michelle Wie

@TheMichelleWie , has started her own personal blog for those of you not paying attention to the LPGA blogosphere/twitterverse situation the past week or so. A Black Flamingo, “a mindless blog about life, and the stuff that doesen’t quite fit in” shows that the LPGA rookie is not only talented on the golf course, but can paint, make clothes, and do all types of artistic things.

As someone who is not good at golf, and does not have an artistic bone in my body I am of course even more jealous of Wie’s sheer ease at just jumping onto the art bandwagon. It’s not a huge surprise that someone so gifted athletically, would find herself talented in many facets of her life.

I’m sure the many haters that pester Miss Wie like little gnats will find many ways to tear up this side project of hers, but honestly it’s just fun, and I love her for it. The more players that can make themselves accessible, interesting, and show the myriad of talent and personality that each possess, the better. Kudos to Michelle Wie for putting herself out there. The only real mistake she made was using blogspot and not the brilliance of tumblr.

You know, if you look at our tour, I think we have a lot of marketable players. We just have a lot of backgrounds and a lot of different nationalities. We can market that to different places. It’s becoming a really global tour. But, you know, I don’t — I mean, I think — I don’t really see myself as, oh my God, I’m going to lead this tour or anything, I just want to be out there and show everyone what I have and try to win and stuff.

Michelle Wie on being the defacto player messiah for the LPGA… and stuff.