Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Kim toughs it out It's no secret that Anthony Kim's been in pain over the last few weeks with a detached ligament in his left thumb that will eventually require surgery. It's also no secret that he's playing some fantastic golf, including a win at the Shell Houston Open and a T3 at the Masters. Kim will tee off again this week at Quail Hollow, but Hank Gola of the New York Daily News tells us the story behind Kim's eventual surgery and rehab.

"The doctor told me when the pain gets too hard to deal with, that's when I should do it. But as of now, he said it can't get any worse, so I guess that's a good thing. I'm just going to keep playing until I can't anymore."
Kim's doctor is also telling him he'll have to miss between two and three months, including rehab, so he's trying to figure out just when that break should occur. He's No. 3 on the PGA Tour money list and No. 10 in the world. He knows he's not going to be able to make it through the end of the season.
"I don't think I'm going to take that chance because I want to play in the Ryder Cup. ...That's a huge goal of mine," he said. "It was probably one of the greatest moments I've ever had (in 2008). I want to be healthy for that. I just want to time that right.
"But at the same time, I want to play in all the majors, too, so in golf, there's not really a good time to take time off."
Robert Allenby called out The long(er) and winding Road Hole St. Andrews takes us through the changes
As we first told you last October, the R&A had been plotting a forty yard extension of the hole by creating a new teeing ground across the hole's actual road namesake. At a press briefing today at St. Andrew's, Royal & Ancient chief Peter Dawson officially unveiled the new Road Hole at the Old Course.
The new tee, across the road, has been created in an effort to (a) force more players to hit driver off of the tee and (b) require a longer iron shot into the green, thus trying to make the deep pot bunker guarding the green and the actual road behind it more likely to come into play.
Dawson described the diminishing challenge by saying, "We don't see many players on the road these days, and that's because of the distance control they can achieve and the accuracy with these shorter iron clubs. What we're trying to do here is restore the hole to its previous challenge where the players are having to hit into the green with a much longer iron club than they have been in recent times."
-19 in 2000 -14 in 2005 Wie's opportunity Lorena Ochoa's good things to come
Just a few years after Annika Sorenstam walked away from the game, Lorena Ochoa followed suit.
When Sorenstam retired, she left the tour in the very capable hands of Ochoa. The Mexican star was already ranked No. 1 in the world, so Sorenstam's departure, while huge, was not catastrophic for the Tour.

But Ochoa will be gone by Sunday night, which means welcome to the Jiyai Shin era. OK, not really. Shin will assume the No. 1 ranking, but this tour now belongs to one person: Michelle Wie.
Remember a few years back when Wie was just using the LPGA Tour as a warm-up for the PGA Tour? She had won only one USGA amateur event, and only once threatened to make a cut on the PGA Tour, but oh yes, Wie was going to play with the big boys.
Now Wie owns the LPGA Tour, and will do it with just one tour victory.

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