With the demise of Tiger Woods's 2008 season, several pundits are wondering which golfers will help keep the public interested in golf. Phil Mickelson? Sergio Garcia? Anthony Kim?
Why not Lorena Ochoa? The LPGA's No. 1 player is the new face of a tour with several interesting storylines and dynamic personalities. Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel -- each barely out of high school -- have been rivals since their junior days. Annika Sorenstam, who quietly dominated her sport for a decade, is taking her final spin around competitive golf. Even Michelle Wie, while not a tour member, is shooting better scores of late and could be on the verge of a return to form.
With the United States Women's Open starting Thursday at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn. -- and with Tiger Woods on the shelf -- the LPGA Tour may have more eyes on it than usual. Karen Crouse from the New York Times:
Ochoa, the top-ranked female player in the world, could be the hybrid that rescues golf in the absence of the men’s No. 1, Tiger Woods, who is out for the rest of the year with a knee injury. Lorne Rubenstein from the Toronto Globe and Mail :
[Michelle] Wie, an 18-year-old sophomore at Stanford University, is climbing ever so slowly again. Brian Murphy from the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Ochoa:
The Catholic school girl whose passion for golf started with putting contests for pesos at Guadalajara Country Club comes to Minnesota this week as the best women's player in the world, gunning for a U.S. Women's Open championship at Interlachen Country Club in Edina.