What to Watch For: Sunday at the McDonald's LPGA Championship

In Sunday's fourth round of the McDonald's LPGA Championship, all of us will of course be watching to see who wins the thing, the second major of the LPGA season. But I'll also be curious to see what the long-hitting veteran Sophie Gustafson will do. A while back, I ran into her husband, former LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw, now a PGA Tour executive, and asked how his wife had fared in the 2008 season. He answered modestly that she was still at it. And how! Last year, a look at the record book revealed, she played in 23 events, made 17 cuts, earned $646,000 and had a rock-solid 71.85 stroke average. At 34, turning 35. At Bulle Rock, she has shot rounds of 67, 74 and 70 and she's not in striking distance to win, but if she goes low on Sunday she could easily have a top-5 finish. She's a player who has often played long, difficult courses well and she's been a powerful edition to the European team in Solheim Cup competitions. This is a Solheim Cup year.  Votaw is the Tour's leading proponent for getting golf to return to the Olympics, and international play means a great deal to his wife, too. Gustafson would have to start winning again to make the team, if not on the LPGA circuit than in Europe. It's a total long-shot. But a stout finish on Sunday at the LPGA would be a step in the right direction. Imagine if she made it: what a delicious rooting-interest problem her husband  would face. McDonald's LPGA Championship: Round 3 Recap | Scores | Photo Gallery | Notebook

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by Kevin Cunningham