Morgan Pressel captured her first major with a birdie on No. 18.
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By Alan Shipnuck
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
HOT
1. Morgan Pressel.

2. Golf fans. The only thing better than the Masters is all the delicious anticipation in the days leading up to the tournament.

3. Adam Scott. Rinsing a tee shot on the 72nd hole is cause for concern, but with a win in Houston he heads to Augusta with plenty of momentum. Now all Scott has to do is contend for the first time at a major, which would finally mark his arrival as a big-time player.

4. Pablo Martin. The latest phenom from Spain became the first amateur to win a Euro tour event, at the Portuguese Open. Here's hoping he's not the next Sergio Garcia.

5. Arnie Palmer. The speculation is getting frenzied as to whether the King will hit the Masters ceremonial first tee ball on Thursday morning. You just know Palmer loves getting stroked like this.

NOT
1. Suzann Pettersen. The Hot List's pre-Dinah pick almost made yours truly look like a genius until an excruciating fade down the stretch. How do you say scheise in Norwegian?

2. Stuart Appleby. Down one stroke playing the final hole in Houston, with Adam Scott already in the water, Appleby hit one of the all-time boneheaded shots, rinsing his approach to hand to the trophy to his countryman. As penance he won't drive the Lamborghini for at least a week.

3. John Daly. The Tour leader in inducing cringes is spending every night of Masters week selling his merchandise in the parking lot of the Augusta Hooters. Surely this is what Bobby Jones had in mind when he founded the tournament.

4. Lorena Ochoa. She had the good sense to blow up on Saturday instead of Sunday, making it easier to forget, but her rally-killing quadruple bogey harkens back to another fatal quad, on the 72nd hole of the 2004 U.S. Women's Open. Ochoa is on the verge of turning into Phil Mickelson circa 2003 — a mega-talent who gets in her own way at the majors.

5. Paula Creamer. Lost in the rest of the Dinah carnage was Creamer's closing 78, on a day when she started only one stroke off the lead. Not only did she blow the tournament, she may have lost her standing as the best young American.

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