Lorena Ochoa held off Suzann Pettersen in the final round at the Corona Championship, none of which was broadcast on TV.
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By Alan Shipnuck
Wednesday, April 29, 2009


1. Lorena. One of the sweetest, most caring human beings on the planet turns into a cold-blooded killer between the ropes.

2. Jerry Kelly. It's never pretty with this scrapper, but you gotta admire the palpable desire he brought to the back nine on Sunday. Hopefully some of the Tour's country-club pretty boys were paying attention.

3. Tom Lehman. Bernhard Langer may have carried Lehman's cellulite-behind, but it was still nice to see the old warhorse back in the winner's circle. Though, that celebratory low-flying high-10/hug was awkward even by white guy standards.

4. Bandon Dunes. Preview rounds have begun on the fourth course up there, Old Macdonald, and the raves are already pouring in. As if any of us needed another reason to visit.

5. Thongchai Jaidee. The best player you've never heard of won a playoff at the Ballantine's Championship in Korea — his second win of the year and 12th of his career. Not bad for a former paratrooper who didn't turn pro until he was 30.


1. The LPGA. Two of its most dazzling stars went mujer-a-mujer in a Sunday shootout for the ages and not a second of it was televised. Outrageous.

2. CH3. Well, you have to give him credit for continuing to throw himself into the mix on Sundays. I'm trying to be polite here...

3. The WGC-HSBC. No, this is not a plug for Alphabet Soup. With appearance money now verboten at this new afterthought World Golf Championship, you have to wonder how many name-brand Americans are going to bother making the annual trip to China in the years ahead. And unless the Tour starts offering grants, I'd be surprised if any U.S. reporters show, though I do love dim sum.

4. Doug Ford. The grouchy old-timer got passed over yet again for the Hall of Fame. Two majors, 19 wins, four Ryder Cup teams is what every contemporary player dreams of, but for some reason Ford's resume has never passed muster. I could devote a whole column to the inconsistencies of the Hall voting, but I'm already bored typing this sentence.

5. Rory Sabbatini. His big Sunday charge in New Orleans was short-circuited by a missed two-footer for birdie on the 16th hole. That sound you heard was cheering from Rory's Tour colleagues across the land.

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