LPGA puts all its eggs in a fragile basket (or something like that) While a relatively apathetic sports media might not take much notice of Lorena Ochoa's departure, you can be sure that the LPGA is taking the situation much more seriously. Kevin Baxter of The Sydney Morning Herald looks at what effect Ochoa's decision to hang up her spikes will have on the women's tour
Lorena Ochoa has always insisted she'll be just fine without golf.
"I prefer to be remembered for other things," she has said. "It's
not about golf. It's not about the game." But will golf be fine
without Lorena Ochoa?
We may soon find out, given
Ochoa's surprise announcement on Tuesday that she is retiring from the
LPGA Tour, the latest in a series of recent blows that has left women's
"Obviously when you lose your No.1 player it certainly is not good
news," said Charlie Rymer, an analyst for LPGA broadcasts on the Golf
Channel. "It's a tough pill to swallow. You provide a stage for your
larger-than-life stars and that's what pushes the needle in golf.
There's some negatives to that. When you put your eggs in one basket,
sometimes the basket gets a little fragile and the eggs roll out."
decision to step down now, at 28, makes her the second LPGA star, after
Annika Sorenstam, to walk away from the game in less than two years.
Couple that with a steep decline in sponsorship, plunging TV ratings
and a surviving tour roster with few well-known personalities and
commissioner Michael Whan finds himself battling to keep the LPGA
relevant six months after taking the job.
President Barack Obama has played golf 32 times since he took office, eight
more than his predecessor George W. Bush -- who was mocked by the Left for
his fondness for the game -- did in his entire presidency.
Mr Obama's latest outing on the links came on Sunday, when an
opportunity opened up on his schedule after flying bans over most of
northern and central Europe forced him to cancel his trip to Krakow to
attend the funeral of Lech Kaczynski, the Polish president.
Bush was shown in the Michael Moore film Fahrenheit 9/11 condemning
"terrorist killers" in the Middle East when asked a question on the
golf course in 2002. Barely pausing for breath, he added: "Thank you.
Now watch this drive."...
Mr Obama's Sunday golf game prompted anger in Poland, where the Warsaw
Business Post carried a headline reading: "Obama goes golfing instead
of attending Kaczynskis' funeral".
Divorce is a tough thing. Greg Norman has gone through it twice in the last five years. After ending things with his first wife, Laura, he found himself in the arms of tennis great Chris Evert. Just before the end of 2009, Evert and Norman quietly parted ways. I don't know about Chrissy Evert, but Greg Norman is a man that can move on quickly. The Palm Beach Post reports that Norman is dating a new, younger woman. Her name is Kirsten Kutner, and she is a 41-year-old Sydney-based interior designer. Norman and Kutner have known each other for years, according to the Aussie tabloids, but are just now getting together after both got back on the market following each's divorce from their prior spouse.