Monday, April 7, 2014

Paula Creamer Ties Tiger Woods - Golf Digest Blasted

First let me say congratulations to Lexi Thompson for winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She becomes the  first Major Champion of 2014. Michelle Wie finished 2nd, 3 shots back. It was the fourth LPGA win for the 19 year old superstar and 3rd win in her last 12 starts. When she is putting well, it appears that she is the best player in the game right now. You have to wonder how many majors she is capable of winning. The Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless did a full recap.

    Lexi Thompson
    Lexi holds up the winning trophy




    Paula Creamer tied Tiger Woods' record for the most consecutive cuts made in a major championship. Paula made the cut this past week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, making it her 37th consecutive cut in major championship play. Tiger Woods made 37 straight between 1997 and 2006. Paula has never missed a cut in a major in her entire career. Paula also leads the LPGA tour with a current streak of 73 tournaments in a row without missing a cut.



     

On another note, there has been a lot of talk this week about the current cover of Golf Digest. In fact it has upset quite a few people.




As shown above, GD chose to put Paulina Gretzky, daughter of hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, on its cover. Paulina is not a professional golfer. What is the message that is being sent here? Are there no LPGA golfers fit enough to make the cover of GD's fitness issue? In my opinion that couldn't be further from the truth. You want fitness? Take a look at Suzann Pettersen. How about Belen Mozo? I can name many more. I give big applause to  professional golfer Sydnee Michaels who posted the following on Twitter:

Stacy Lewis, the top ranked American player in the world, has never been on the cover of Golf Digest. She was asked by a reporter from the New York Times what she thought of Golf Digest's choice.

"It's frustrating for female golfers," Lewis said. "It's the state of where we have always been. We don't get the respect for being the golfers we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines, but at the same time you would like to see a little respect for the women's game."

Hall of Famer Julie Inkster added the following.

"It's frustrating because it is Golf Digest, it's not Sports Illustrated's  swimsuit issue," Inkster told the New York Times reporter. "I think maybe they should recognize some of the great women golfers that we have. It's like what do you have to do to get some respect?

For the record, the last three women to appear on the cover of GD were not professional golfers. Holly Sanders was on the cover of the fitness issue a year ago. Kate Upton was on the cover with Arnold Palmer in the December issue.

Other Tidbits:
It is a little known fact that a non LPGA member can earn a category 10 LPGA card, if her unofficial earnings made during the year were good enough to finish in the top 40 of the LPGA money list. This is a full time playing card. Charley Hull went a long way towards obtaining that goal this week earning over $ 51,000 which would currently rank her #43. We will next see Charley at the Swinging Skirts Tournament in a couple of weeks.

Lizzette Salas' missed cut this week was her first in her last 18 events.

Ai Miyazato is now 0 for 38 in major championships.

The U.S.A. swept the first 3 spots at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. That is the first time that has happened in a major championship in recent memory.

In case it went unnoticed, the U.S.A. passed South Korea at the very last minute and will be the #1 seed at the International Crown to be played later this year.

Stacy Lewis now has 6 top 10 finishes already this year. No one else has more than 4.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Lexi Thompson continues her surge to the top by moving up from #9 to #6.
Se Ri Pak jumps up from # 29 to #20, Michelle Wie vaults from # 38 to #24, while Charley Hull leaps from #67 to #47.

Race to the CME Globe:  ($1,000,000)
Karrie Webb still leads with 1,376 points. Stacy Lewis' consistent play has moved her into 2nd with 1,179. They are followed by Anna Nordqvist 1,145, Paula Creamer 1,074, and Lexi Thompson 1,035.

Who's Hot:
Azahara Munoz is the only LPGA player to finish in the top 20 in all 7 tournaments this year. She also has 4 consecutive top 10 finishes.
Michelle Wie's worst finish in her 6 starts this year was 16th place.
Christie Kerr has 3 consecutive top 10 finishes.

Who's Not:
Every LPGA member playing under the Japanese Flag. This has been a very strange story. I have never seen an entire country's players slump the way the players from Japan have performed over the last 18 months. Even Mika Miyazato has joined in. She missed the cut at the Kraft Nabisco and has not finished better than 29th. They need to get their act together quickly or their stay at the International Crown might be very short. With players like the Miyazato's, Arimura, and Uehara, you would think this will turn around for them very soon. It definitely bears watching.
Beatriz Recari has not finished better than 28th yet this year, and has missed 2 cuts. Her WD a couple of weeks back might be telling us something.
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5 comments:

  1. Wikipedia has Paula Creamer missing the cut at the 2003 U.S. Women's Open, her 1st major, as an amateur.

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  2. I guess what Tom Abbott kept repeating through Friday and Saturday's broadcast, is that she has never missed a cut in a major as an LPGA member. The fact that she has made 37 straight as a professional is still just as impressive.

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  3. After a quarter of the year, only Kerrie Webb from top 5 rankings won championship. The other 4 did not win anything yet.

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    1. Not sure where you are getting your info from. Everyone in the top 5 of the Race for CME Globe has won this year except for Stacy Lewis.

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  4. Maybe referring to Rolex rankings.

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