My hopes for an old guys-and-gals revival this weekend were dashed as Juli Inkster faltered in the final round of the HSBC Champions, shooting a 74 and finishing ninth. Ay Miyazato won with a three under 69, and a two stroke victory over Christie Kerr.
Miyazato became the first player in 44 years to win the two opening events of the LPGA season. The others were Marilynn Smith (1966), Mickey Wright (1963), Louise Suggs (1952) and Babe Zaharias (1951). That’s pretty good company for Miyazato.
Interestingly, though, Miyazato has not won on American soil. The first tournament of the season was in Thailand; the HSBC was in Singapore. Miyazato’s only other victory was the Evian Masters, in France.
Fred Couples, my other 50-year-old hope, has fallen into 23rd at the Phoenix Open. The only upside is that I’m now free to cheer for my Fantasy Golf picks instead of my sentimental favorites.