Wednesday, June 29, 2005

In Honor of a Champion

I never did get around to posting a news story about the exciting final round of the Barclay's Classic, so here's a link to Padraig Harrington's official website.

I do have a question though: Do they have smurfs in Ireland? What about Gargamel?

Changing the Address

I've changed the address to this blog to the blog name. When I created the blog it wasn't to be a real blog, just something to use to see if the bluebird template that blogger offers would work, so the address was one that people would never remember. Now that the blog has a purpose, I've changed the address to something more meaningful.

The Cialis Western Open

Check out Thursday's tee times.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

This Week On the PGA Tour

The Cialis Western Open
Now that Blogger has fixed that annoying big blank space thing, I decided to pick a new template more in keeping with golf. So, I picked this lovely green accented one. I think it works pretty well. We'll see.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Follow this link to the official Barclay's Classic website.

The Barclay's Classic

Once I find a news article with more than just a couple of paragraphs on this tournament, I'll post it. It would seem that sports writers must like women's golf better since they write more about it.

The LPGA US Women's Open

Here's a news article about the end of this Championship. Birdie's birdie chip out of the bunker was exciting.

Boca amateur Pressel finishes 2nd at U.S. Women's Open

Birdie Kim takes championship

By Doug Ferguson
AP Golf Writer

June 26, 2005, 6:24 PM EDT

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. -- She gave herself the nickname ``Birdie'' to distinguish herself from the other girls on the LPGA Tour. All it took was one shot _ one spectacular birdie from the bunker -- to make Birdie Kim a most unlikely U.S. Women's Open champion Sunday.

Going shot-for-shot with 17-year-old Morgan Pressel in a tense duel at Cherry Hills, the 23-year-old South Korean was trying to get close for par when she holed a 30-yard bunker shot from across the 18th green, raising her arms as the ball disappeared in the back of the cup.

Pressel, poised to become the youngest major champion in golf history, was walking up the fairway in the group behind when she saw the reaction of the record gallery. She put both hands over her head in disbelief, realizing her dream of winning was all but gone.

Kim's victory put an end to Annika Sorenstam's pursuit of a Grand Slam, and it put the kids in their place. Even so, her victory might have been even more shocking.

In two years on the LPGA Tour, she had made only 10 cuts in 34 starts. Her career earnings were $79,832.

A shot that ranks among the most dramatic in golf gave her a 1-over 72 and a two-shot victory over a pair of teenage amateurs -- Pressel and 19-year-old Brittany Lang.

Kim finished at 3-over 287 and earned $560,000, the biggest payoff in women's golf.

``I can't believe it,'' she said. ``I don't think I was going to make it. I was trying my best to make par.''

Copyright © 2005, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Par 5 the old way

This weekend has been a good reminder of how Par 5s were designed to be played. So many players, both on the PGA and LPGA tour, have played a third shot to the green instead of going for the green in two shots that I was surprised. Then I remembered, "Hey, this is how they used to play these holes for years and years."

In Honor of the Name

I named this blog "Even Par Round" because I was watching the Barclay's Classic at the time and it was the first thing to come to mind. So, in honor of the name, here's a golfing comment regarding the LPGA US Open that is being contested right now. There is an amateur named Lang who finished with a 5+. The nasty camera folks at NBC Sports just had to focus in on her face a little while ago and unfortunately her skin was not its best. She's a teenager so that's to be expected, but come on NBC Sports, be a little respectful of the players. You can try to show the players in a good light, can't you? Remember what it was like when you all were young.

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