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Lydia Ko - Teenage Queen of Golf Continues Her Reign!

Lydia Ko – Teenage Queen of Golf Continues Her Reign!

Lydia Ko – Teenage Queen of Golf Continues Her Reign!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

18-year-old Lydia Ko won the LPGA Taiwan Championship this weekend and regained her No. 1 world golf ranking.

In my book, she is now the Queen of golf!  She certainly has a “Royal” demeanor.  I look forward to 2016 to see what she is going to do in the Major Championships.  I think she could win them all!

Lydia Ko - Teenage Queen of Golf Continues Her Reign!

Along with many fans, I have been watching this youngster since she won her first professional event at age 14, at the Women’s New South Wales Open in Australia. Her first LPGA Tour win was the Canadian Women’s Open in 2012 when Ko was 15 years old.

Lydia is now aged 18 years and 6 months and is the youngest player ever to win 10 events on any major tour. She also holds the record for being ranked the youngest World No. 1 player of either sex. (17 years of age in February 2015) I’m not sure that people understand that this means Ko has surpassed Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, etc. Let’s pay more attention to this golfing phenom and appreciate what she’s doing for our sport!

South Korea’s Inbee Park, former No. 1 ranked player, has been Ko’s closest competitor in the last 2 years, altho Park did not contend in this Taiwan Championship.

My best reasons to root for Ko:

  • her record-breaking successes at a ridiculously young age.
  • her global profile… Ko’s victories have come in Canada, France, Korea, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.
  • her personality… “She’s not only a good player, but she’s a really good person. If she was not a good person, I might be jealous, but I totally respect her” says LPGA competitor So Yeon Ryu. Ryu is one of many golfers and industry leaders who speak well of Ko.

Source: Mel Sole

Pictures: Singapore Sports Council

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Dottie Pepper - a great choice to replace Feherty on CBS.

Dottie Pepper – a great choice to replace Feherty on CBS.

Dottie Pepper – a great choice to replace Feherty on CBS.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Former LPGA Player Dottie Pepper was the most prominent female golf analyst at NBC Sports from 2004 until 2012. She had also done spots for ESPN.

Pepper was recently hired to replace David Feherty as an on-course reporter for CBS for the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season.

This is a great move, in my opinion. As CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus says “… Dottie is one of the most respected and insightful analysts in golf. She has played and covered the sport at its highest levels and her reputation, contacts, and relationships are outstanding.”

Pepper won 17 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, including 2 majors. One of my favorite memories of Dottie was seeing her play on the Solheim Cup team. I don’t believe there’s ever been a more emotional player in golf. She was an absolute lightening rod who amped up the American players every day!

See an interview with Dottie Pepper and Kyle Porter below.

Dottie Pepper has had a long, great career as a player and broadcaster. (Getty Images)
Dottie Pepper has had a long, great career as a player and broadcaster. (Getty Images)

Dottie Pepper has been hired to replace David Feherty as an on-course reporter for CBS for the 2015-16 PGA Tour season. It’s a good get by CBS and, as someone who watches an absurd amount of golf, one I’m looking forward to.

Pepper is straight pro and loads of fun to listen to.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus agrees with me.

“Dottie is one of the most respected and insightful analysts in golf,” said McManus. “She has played and covered the sport at its highest levels and her reputation, contacts and relationships within the game are outstanding. We have the strongest ensemble of voices in golf, and the addition of Dottie to our team makes us even stronger and deeper.”

I did a Q&A with Pepper recently to discuss her new job.

What are you most excited about?

“First and foremost is getting back into the live golf arena on a regular basis. It’s mostly live golf and the events CBS covers. You’re talking about two major championships, they’re events that matter. They matter a lot. That was the biggest thing for me.”

Check the rest of the interview with Dottie Pepper right here!

Source: CBS Sports   Kyle Porter

Pictures: Getty Images  eapcontent.ap.org

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The Golf Drought is Ending in MI – Thanks to the LPGA!

The Golf Drought is Ending in MI – Thanks to the LPGA!
 
Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The State of Michigan has not had a Professional golf event since 2009.

That’s a pretty long drought for a State that has a very strong history of great golf.  One of my favorite golf courses is Black Forest, a few hours drive north of Detroit, and I have fond memories of playing golf in that area.  Thanks to the LPGA, that drought is coming to an end, and let’s hope that the PGA Tour is not far behind.  Thanks to Crains Detroit Business for this article about a tournament that will certainly impact the economy of Michigan!
The Golf Drought is Ending in MI - Thanks to the LPGA!
 
 
Last week’s announcement that the Ladies Professional Golf Association would stage a new tournament in Ann Arbor next May has some wondering when the men’s pro tour will end its six-year absence from Michigan.

The PGA Tour hasn’t played an event in the state since the Buick Open in Grand Blanc ended in 2009.

And there hasn’t been a major men’s rotating event since the 2008 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township.

Golf insiders say Michigan’s economy has improved, and if the new LPGA Volvik Championship, scheduled for May 26-29 at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, is especially successful financially, it could turn some heads at the PGA Tour’s Florida headquarters.

“I definitely think this market is ripe for more professional golf,” said Keith Karbo, CEO of Ann Arbor-based sports marketing firm Red Arrow Partnerships who is the originator and tournament director of the LPGA Volvik Championship. “I think what this is going to do is going to revive interest in professional golf tournaments in Southeast Michigan.”

How the LPGA Volvik Championship plays out on the business side will be something the men’s tour keeps its eye on, said Dave Richards, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based Resort & Golf Marketing.

“The PGA Tour always is looking for new sites and new sponsors,” he said.

“Say there’s a 30 percent increase (in corporate hospitality sales), that might be something that shakes up or speeds up somebody’s thought process.”

The cash outlay for a men’s tour event is significantly more than the cost of an LPGA event, making it a tougher sell in Michigan’s still-recovering economic climate. Also, the PGA Tour can’t come here unless there’s an opening on its tournament calendar.

Richards estimated an LPGA event costs its main sponsor about $500,000 to $750,000, while a midlevel event on the PGA Tour, such as the now-defunct Buick Open in Grand Blanc, is $5 million to $6 million.

Once a tournament is on the calendar, the challenge is selling corporate sponsorships for things such as hospitality tents and chalets on the golf course and tables in the clubhouse.

The Golf Drought is Ending in MI – Thanks to the LPGA!

“How many corporate tents can you sell? That’s what really drives the entire event,” Richards said.

Hospitality packages for the 2008 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills began at $37,500 for a 10-person table and increased to $500,000 for larger, more sophisticated offerings.

More recently, the 75-person suites along the 12th green at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta were selling for $95,000 for the Tour Championship last month.

Richards estimated that a PGA Tour event is eight to 10 times the cost of an LPGA Tour stop, but Michigan’s improving economy means more companies are gradually becoming interested again in such spending.

“I think we’re in a better climate now, but we’re coming back a lot slower than we crashed,” he said. “In the old days, we sold out corporate tents as fast as anyone in the country.”

Buyers usually were car companies, their suppliers, and banks, he said.

“A lot of the golf industry in this state was mostly dependent on the auto industry. When it crashed in the late 2000s, it affected a lot of the industry in the state,” said Kevin Frisch, CEO of Gaylord-based Fusion Media Strategies, a golf and travel marketing firm. “Since 2010, I’ve seen the golf industry improving, in rounds played and travel.”

Frisch predicted that the men’s tour will return within five to 10 years because Michigan companies are increasingly willing to spend marketing dollars on events such as golf tournaments.

The Golf Drought is Ending in MI - Thanks to the LPGA!

Kevin Frisch: “For Detroit to not have (a PGA Tour stop) is still shocking to me.”

“I think there’s going to be money to bring back a tournament,” Frisch said. “People are looking to getting back into spending money on golf.”

If and when the PGA Tour returns, the Detroit area is the natural landing spot, he said.

“For Detroit to not have (a PGA Tour stop) is still shocking to me. The quality of golf courses in Detroit is certainly capable of hosting a PGA Tour event or a major golf championship,” Frisch said.

A message seeking comment about the men’s tour’s potential interest in returning to Michigan was left for Ty Votaw, the PGA Tour’s executive vice president and chief global communications officer.

Detroit certainly has potential PGA Tour event sponsors.

Quicken Loans Inc. Chairman Dan Gilbert has invested in golf, such as being the title sponsor of the annual Quicken Loans National tournament in Virginia, and of 2015 Players Championship winner Rickie Fowler.

“Quicken Loans and our family of companies are constantly looking to attract exciting events to Detroit to help fuel and promote the city’s revitalization,” Aaron Emerson, Quicken Loans vice president of communications, said via email.

Quicken also is the tour’s official mortgage sponsor, while Kalamazoo-based Stryker Corp. is the PGA Tour’s official joint replacement sponsor.

General Motors Co.

Which dropped sponsorship of the Buick Open, in 2010, signed a six-year deal to be the title sponsor of the one of the four World Golf Championship events, known as the WGC-Cadillac Championship, beginning in 2011.

Economic Effects?  Read on here!

Source: Crains Detroit Business

Pictures: Travis Pointe Country Club    RIVAN STINSON

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Who is the Greatest Teenage Golfer of All Time - Male or Female?

Who is the Greatest Teenage Golfer of All Time – Male or Female?

Who is the Greatest Teenage Golfer of All Time – Male or Female?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

If you answered Lydia Ko, congratulations.

But I’m afraid many people would quickly name Tiger Woods or maybe Jack Nicklaus. Because the media gives much more coverage to the men’s golf, a phenomenal, history-making golfer is “falling through the cracks in this conversation” as Shane Bacon says for Fox Sports.

Lydia Ko became the youngest winner of a major championship on the same weekend in September where the men were playing the next-to-last FedEx Cup event, the women’s Solheim cup was being played out in Europe, and it was the start of the NFL season. So, yes, there was a lot of activity vying for the golfer’s attention. However, you’d think that Ko’s accomplishment would have been discussed on TV shows the next day and that she would be at the top of Golf Internet news, etc.

Besides winning the Evian Championship with a final round of 63(!) to become the youngest Major winner ever, Ko ranked No. 1 woman golfer in the world at 17 years of age. At that point, she had racked up numerous wins as a professional and also as an Amateur, since age 14.

Shane Bacon of Fox Sports has an interesting take on the lack of attention to Lydia Ko and lets us know why this is a big mistake.

The story is everything you would think the mainstream media would want.

A teenage superstar winning a major in record-setting fashion, the face of women’s golf emerging as not only a threat to win each week but now adding a major to her trophy case. So why don’t people seem to care?

 
Who is the Greatest Teenage Golfer of All Time?

Not many people noticed when Lydia Ko won her first major last weekend — and that’s a shame. Jean-Pierre Clatot / Getty Images

We are in the closing stretches of the 2015 PGA Tour season, one for the ages when you think about the majors and the names who broke out, and one we will look back on as the year when things in men’s golf changed. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were far from the headlines, as Jordan Spieth,Jason Day and Rickie Fowler had breakout years and were part of a group of 20-somethings who are taking over golf.

But one name who will fall through the cracks in this conversation, as it always seems to happen in sports, is the one who was the most impressive. Lydia Ko, who is still just 18, won her first major championship on Sunday, becoming the youngest to do so in the modern era of golf and finishing it off with a jaw-dropping 63.

So why don’t people seem to care? Why isn’t it a talking point on sports shows?

Who is the Greatest Teenage Golfer of All Time – Male or Female?

Why are people ignoring this incredible accomplishment in an era where youth is everything in our world?

I asked people on Twitter this question Monday. They mentioned the start of the NFL season (OK, fine), the fact that the event was played overseas (still not totally buying that, but I get the time difference), and even gave predictably disappointing answers like she’s not American or the fact that it’s “women’s golf.”

To me, none of these answers is acceptable. Who cares if Ko isn’t American?! Rory McIlroy isn’t American, and when he wins we put him on the cover of our sports magazines and compare his stats to those of Tiger and Jack. When Jason Day won at Whistling Straits, we anointed him one of the new Big Three and discussed whether he might sneak off with Player of the Year honors ahead of Spieth, especially if he closes things out well in the playoffs.

To me, not being an American shouldn’t be an issue in 2015. We love athletes who can do amazing things. Usain Bolt catches our attention. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic capture the national media in a U.S. Open final, and Ko is winning major championships at age 18.

She’s already the greatest teenage golfer, male or female, in the history of golf.

And now she’s winning the biggest of the big with final rounds that match what Johnny Miller did at Oakmont back in 1973.

We as golf fans, and sports fans, need to do better on this front. Ko is making history. It’s our responsibility to start paying attention.

With that, mailbag time. Here we go.

To see the comments in Shane Bacon’s mailbag, go here!

Source: Shane Bacon   Fox Sports

Pictures: Jean-Pierre Clatot / Getty Images   Singapore Sports Council

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17 Best Golfer Nicknames Ever - Who is Chucky Three Sticks?

17 Best Golfer Nicknames Ever – Who is Chucky Three Sticks?

17 Best Golfer Nicknames Ever – Who is Chucky Three Sticks?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Golf, by its very nature, invites teasing and humorous name-calling.

It is incredibly easy to look like a fool . . . check out “Aquaman” Woody Austin, for example. And it is also easy to pick up a nickname for something one does well, for example . . . “Boom Boom” Freddy Couples.

Some of these nicknames you will be very familiar with, and I think some will surprise you.

Who the heck is “Chucky 3 Sticks”? And I was impressed by the reason that golfer no. 11 got his nickname. Who knew that famous player would be mysterious?

See all 17 monikers provided by  of  About Sports

What are the best nicknames of pro golfers in the history of the game? We’ve come up a list of 17 of our favorites. Some of them you’ll instantly recognize, others might be new to you. But all of them are fun (for fans, at least). We start here with the golfer known as Aquaman; nicknames on the following pages are listed alphabetically. (When you’re finished reading, check out The Big List of Golfer Nicknames for dozens and dozens more.)

17 Best Golfer Nicknames Ever - Who is Chucky Three Sticks?

Woody ‘Aquaman’ Austin goes face-first into the water at the 2007 Presidents Cup

Woody Austin is Aquaman

Golfers typically get their nicknames early in their careers. It’s unusual for a nickname to show up late in one’s career and stick, or become well-known.

But Woody Austin was 43 years old when he got tagged as “Aquaman.” Prior to the 2007 Presidents Cup, Austin was best-known as a journeyman PGA Tour pro with a terrible temper – he occasionally did things like slam a putter shaft over his head, bending the shaft in anger.

But in 2007 he had a terrific season and made the United States Presidents Cupteam. On Day 2, Austin was paired with David Toms in a fourball match against Rory Sabbatini and Trevor Immelman. Austin drove into a water hazard on the 14th hole, but decided to try to play the ball out of the water. He was standing on a steep bank, just inside the water, and when he swung his momentum took him backward. His balance lost, Austin face-planted right into the pond.

The next day, during his singles match, Austin put on a scuba mask as he walked up that 14th hole. “Aquaman” was born.

17 Best Golfer Nicknames Ever - Who is Chucky Three Sticks?

Brittany Lincicome is ‘Bam Bam.’

“Bam Bam” is Brittany Lincicome. And “Bamm Bamm” is the name of a Flintstones character famous for swinging his club with great strength. Coincidence? Doubtful!

Lincicome remembers being given the “Bam Bam” name by either Kristy McPherson or Angela Stanford in her rookie LPGA Tour season of 2005. Whichever of the two came up with it, the name stuck and Lincicome has had that name ever since.

Because Lincicome swings a very big stick, too, knocking drives well past almost every other LPGA golfer she plays with.

In every year on tour, she’s been one of the longest drivers, or No. 1.

17 Best Golfer Nicknames Ever – Who is Chucky Three Sticks?

17 Best Golfer Nicknames Ever - Who is Chucky Three Sticks?

Lincicome’s nickname is similar to Fred Couples‘ “Boom Boom.”

And Boom Boom could just as easily have made our list. But we prefer Bam Bam: It’s sharper, stronger-sounder to our ear. And it’s just plain fun to say. Go ahead, say it out loud: Bam Bam! See? It’s fun!

Ernie Els gained his nickname – “The Big Easy.”

Early in his professional career (he turned pro in 1989, but gained worldwide fame after winning the 1994 U.S. Open).

And “The Big Easy” is a perfect match of nickname and golfer. The 6-foot-3 Els came on the scene with a sturdy frame and with the ability to hit very long drives as a strapping young man. That’s part one. Part two is that his power was effortless – that swing is so fluid, so …easy. And part three is the easy-going, mellow personality that Els almost always has on display.

The Big Easy also gets extra credit because Els’ nickname was the inspiration for another great golf nickname.

Michelle Wie is called “The Big Wiesy.”

To see all 16 PGA and LPGA nicknames, go here!

Source: About Sports

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What can you learn from watching the Solheim Cup?

What can you learn from watching the Solheim Cup?

What can you learn from watching the Solheim Cup?

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One HUGE thing the average male golfer can learn from watching the LPGA stars play the game is how easy they swing and yet hit the ball a fair distance.  

Certainly longer than the average male golfer.  When you swing in rhythm, your body relaxes, and the muscles move faster.  Your grip pressure lightens, you get more lag on the club, and usually, your balance will be better as well.  Next time you have a chance to watch the LPGA, do it!

Check out the video blow posted by Alex Fortey of The Art of Simple Golf.

Easy Does It is the name of the golf game I want you to try and play today…

‘The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew that I’d do it for the rest of my life’

Michelle Wie

This week I want to look at the ladies game. Lydia Ko, the young phenomenon from New Zealand, has just won the fifth and final major of the ladies calendar, The Evian Championship. To add to this the Solheim Cup, the ladies equivalent of the Ryder Cup, starts this week so let’s strike while the iron is hot and talk ladies golf.

In my opinion there is a great deal that can be learned from watching the world’s greatest female golfers plying their trade.

There is a distinct difference between ladies and gents golf and this is always most evident when watching these athletes from the tee.

Players on the LPGA and LET rarely try to kill their drives, and they hit more fairways and greens.

Watch ladies golf and you will see relaxed fluid swings with great tempo. Now don’t get me wrong, watching Rory or Bubba bomb one over 400-yards is incredible however this is a different thing altogether.

Here you’re seeing an emphasis on hitting fairways rather than gaining distance.

For example the leading driving accuracy on the PGA Tour is 76.88% (Francesco Molinari) whilst on the LPGA it’s 89% (Mo Martin). The same trend holds true on the European counterparts.

To learn the 3 simple golf tips and take-home messages that you can learn from the world’s greatest female golfers, go here!

Source: GolfswingHD   Alex Fortey of The Art of Simple Golf.    Kenny Pallas

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Suzann Pettersen Apologises for not conceding!

Suzann Pettersen Apologises for not conceding!

Suzann Pettersen Apologises for not conceding!

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The USA won the 2015 Solheim Cup with a historic comeback.

It arose in part by the hot-button moment where Alison Lee thought her putt was given! As most of you now know, Alison was left with an 18-inch putt on the 17th hole, and when she saw opponents Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen turn their backs and walk away, she picked up the putt. Pettersen quickly said that they did not concede the putt, and in the ensuing brouhaha, the USA lost the hole and that particular match.

Pettersen was technically correct but exhibited poor sportsmanship.

It took until the following day for Pettersen to reflect and offer a heartfelt apology where she said that she got lost in the heat of the battle, etc. What else did she say in what I feel is the best-worded apology I’ve ever heard of, in any sport?

Thanks to Andy Zunz‘s touching article at golfweek.com:

 Suzann Pettersen apologizes for her part in the Solheim Cup controversy

Suzann Pettersen, shown at the 2015 Solheim Cup

Suzann Pettersen, shown at the 2015 Solheim Cup ( Getty Images )

Pettersen had a change of heart Monday morning, apologizing for her actions at the 2015 Solheim Cup that sparked a controversy and may have fueled a historic U.S. comeback victory.

The 34-year-old Norwegian was the key figure in an event during four-balls Sunday morning that left players from both sides in tears and many professional golfers critical of what was seen as an act of poor sportsmanship. Pettersen and European teammate Charley Hull strode away while American Alison Lee was left with an 18-inch putt to halve the hole at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot’s 17th green. Lee did pick up her ball, saying later that she heard someone say that the putt was good. But Pettersen made it clear to the rules official that it was not, resulting in a loss of the hole for the U.S. and an eventual loss of the match.

Pettersen posted an apology to her Instagram account Monday morning. Here is a sample of the post:

“I’ve never felt more gutted and truly sad about what went down Sunday on the 17th at the Solheim Cup. The big picture got lost in the heat of the moment and I am so sorry. I was trying my hardest for my team and put the single match and the point we could earn ahead of sportsmanship and the game of golf itself! I feel like I let my team down and I am sorry.

“In time I hope the U.S. team will forgive me and know that I have learned a valuable lesson about what is truly important in this great game of golf which has given me so much in my life.”

Pettersen did not apologise after the match, saying: “With the putt she had left, I would still like to see it. If she had the putt to win the cup, I would still like to see it.”

To have a complete look at Suzann’s apology on Instagram, go here!

Source: GOLFWEEK    Andy Zunz

Pictures: Keith Allison

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Which Young Golfer Will Win More Majors - Lydia Ko or Spieth?

Which Young Golfer Will Win More Majors – Lydia Ko or Spieth?

Which Young Golfer Will Win More Majors – Lydia Ko or Spieth?

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PGA Tour Player Jordan Spieth is surely on track to win many more majors, following his incredible Masters and US Open wins in 2015 at 21 years of age

Which Young Golfer Will Win More Majors - Lydia Ko or Spieth?

LPGA Tour Player Lydia Ko is the youngest major champion in women’s golf history at 18 years of age and is also the youngest ever number 1 player in the world.

With those facts in mind, I found this conversation between ESPN.com staff to be of great interest.

Golf Analyst Michael Collins and writer Jason Sobel go with Jordan Spieth. One reason they cite is that Spieth will have a much longer career. Ko recently said that she plans to retire at 30, limiting her chances to win majors.

ESPN writer Bob Harig and anchorman Jonathan Coachman declare that Lydia Ko will win more majors than Spieth for 2 very compelling reasons.

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Which Young Golfer Will Win More Majors - Lydia Ko or Spieth?

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko poses with her trophy after winning the Evian Championship on September 13, 2015, in the French Alps town of Evian-Les-Bains. AFP PHOTO / JEAN PIERRE CLATOT (Photo credit should read JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Lydia Ko’s victory at the Evian Championship made the 18-year-old the youngest major champion in women’s golf history. Not a bad way to cap off a year in which she also demolished the mark as the youngest golfer to reach No. 1 in the world, male or female.

So why isn’t she getting more accolades for her accomplishments?

And what about Phil Mickelson, at 30th on the Presidents Cup points list, getting the nod as one of Jay Haas‘ captain’s picks?

Our scribes weigh in on those topics and more in this week’s edition of Monday Four-Ball.

1. Why isn’t Lydia Ko’s amazing ascendancy receiving more attention?

SportsCenter anchor Jonathan Coachman:

Lydia Ko is simply a low-key person who is an amazing champion. The reason she is not getting more attention is because of how she goes about her business. She is not an intense, win-at-all-costs competitor. But I think that she has something inside of her that allows her to play well every single week. But she is not a me-me-me person. And if you don’t draw attention to yourself, you normally don’t get it.

ESPN.com senior golf analyst Michael Collins:

A few reasons. This so-called major was contrived just two years ago and didn’t come about over the test of time like other majors. It was played in France with a very small American audience. Most importantly, this win happened on the opening weekend of the NFL and second weekend of college football.

ESPN.com senior golf writer Bob Harig:

Why hasn’t Jordan Spieth gotten more attention? It’s golf, a niche sport that at times has trouble gaining traction. Obviously Spieth’s Grand Slam run got its share of notice this summer, but women’s golf has it even harder than the men’s game. Some of the tournaments are not on live TV. Many are played internationally. It’s simply a sad reality that remains difficult to overcome.

ESPN.com senior golf writer Jason Sobel:

There’s one reason — and it’s a simple one: We’ve become desensitized to dominance in women’s golf, even if it didn’t come at such a young age for Ko’s predecessors. From Annika Sorenstam to Lorena Ochoa to Yani Tseng to Inbee Park, the past two decades of LPGA golf have often offered us a single top player who’s clearly better than the competition. It’s not Ko’s fault she doesn’t get more attention. She deserves it. But the only reason she doesn’t is because we too often feel like this is the fourth sequel to a story we’ve already read.

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Getting amped up for the Solheim Cup?  This will be an exciting week.  

All golfers can learn a lot from how these ladies play.  Watch their focus, watch their determination, and watch their great tempo in the way they swing the club.  Amateur golfers can learn a lot just watching these LPGA stars compete!  To get you in the mood,   of  Golf Digest has come up with some really great videos.  Doesn’t matter which team you support; we have one for both of you!  Enjoy!

OK readers, this one is just for fun. A Swedish group has put together a very catchy tune for the Solheim Cup, and the accompanying video shows why we all love this tournament.

I must admit, when I heard that a Swedish pop group had created a song to commemorate this week’s Solheim Cup in Germany, I thought of one thing: Ace of Base.

When I was a sixth-grader, Ace of Base was all the rage. I must have almost worn out my cassette tape of their big album listening to “The Sign” so many times.

Hmm. It might be time to take a little trip to iTunes. . . sorry, getting carried away.

Anyway, there’s a new song, “Unforgettable,” about the Solheim Cup and it’s not by Ace of Base, but rather a group called Trinity. And if you’re a big fan of the biennial event — especially on the European side — watching the music video should get you pretty pumped up about this week.

And a reminder: If you’re looking for a Solheim Cup song with more of a patriotic vibe, there’s Tiffany Joh’s “Solheim Cup”:

https://youtu.be/mVWc47X0VyU

Game on!

Source:     Golf Digest

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The Solheim Cup is the biggest and most exciting event in women’s golf.  

From September 18-20, 2015, Europe’s Top 8 players go head-to-head against America’s 8 best at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany. This biennial event has been won 8 times by the USA and five times by Europe.

I can tell you that I’ve watched this tournament on TV since it began in Orlando, FL in 1990.

Besides the Ryder Cup, there is no male golfing event that equals the level of excitement and drama that the Solheim Cup provides.

Can’t wait to see Wie, Creamer, Lewis, etc., led by Julie Inkster facing feisty and talented players like Suzann Pettersen and Charley Hull led by Carin Koch. It will be quite a battle going into the Cup’s fifteenth anniversary.

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