I just finished watchign the US Women’s Open (TIVO is a wonderful thing), and it could not have come to a more exciting finish: Birdie Kim birdied 18 from a bunker to beat teenage amateurs Brittany Lang and Moran Pressel by 2 shots. Natalie Gulbis finished three back.
Heralded Michelle Wie shot +11 to finish tied for 23rd.
Missing her chance for a Sorenslam, Annika finished tied with Wie.
You could see the future of women’s golf here: Along with amateurs Pressel and Lang, 19-year-old Paula Creamer finished tied for 19. Wie had a bad day, but no doubt will be a major star when she turns pro.
It was an enjoyable match to watch, but I think there still are some deficiencies in the women’s game that have to ba addressed. And distance is not one of them.
The thing that the PGA guys seem to do so much better has to do with the short game. There were just far too many wedge shots left short; offline chips and poor putts. If I were an agent for one of these young LPGA stars, I’d insist that they spend six weeks every year with one of the top short game coaches.