Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:24 pm

Its the most wonderful time of the year.

This really is the most wonderful time of the year.  I love the holiday season, the bowls, the tournaments, basketball, hockey, football, golf.  The end of the year is shaping up to be really exceptional.  As for you that consider the absence of the NBA as ruining your holiday season please, the only thing that truly matters in the NBA is the playoffs.

Thursday night football was amazing as Tebow and the Denver Bronco defense brought us an unbelievable finish that for another week thrust the Broncos right in the heart of the playoff picture.  Who would have thought that 5 weeks ago?  Certainly not me.  Sooner or later people everywhere will have to admit there is a god and there is a good chance Tebow knows him.

Then there is the President's Cup and all that surrounds the presence of Tiger Woods.  Honestly he does seem to have much of his golf game back in order.  His near misses yesterday on the putting green where vintage Tiger except they did not go in.  What I am saying is he is reading the greens and controlling his shots.  Once the confidence returns, meaning he puts it all together and wins one tournament, others better look out.  I would expect that if I can get back to Augusta, I may see Tiger put on another green jacket in 2012.

While I am still on golf and everyone is coronating Yani Tseng (rightfully so), there is aother rising star and her name is Na Yeon Choi.  Here is another Korean golfer that has amazing talent. She trikes the ball well, is consistently in contention finishing in the top three of her last three events including a win just a month ago in the LPGA event Malaysia.  Incidently the leader in those events of course were Yani Tseng except in Malaysia where Choi held on to win.  These two are going to become the women's dynamic duo.  The win in Malaysia gave something to Choi she previously did not have, the confidence she could be a #1.

As you know for better or worse I am a Vanderbilt Commodore fan and Cincinnati fan.  My Commodores continue to take me throught the full gambit of emotions.  The loss in basketball to Cleveland State was the worst ever, but the football win over Kentucky was the other extreme.  A victory over Tennessee this week to become bowl eligible would make this one of the best football seasons ever.  My Bearcats appear to have it all together and this week was reverse fromthe Dores.  I hated the loss to Pittsburg in football and yet the basketball team is the real deal.

I believe the Bengals will knock off the Ravens this week, Tennessee will beat Atlanta, and the Colts will remain winless.  The Packers and the Bears will both win and Earl Bennett will make me a fantasy football genius for using in this week.

Posted on: February 23, 2011 7:43 am

Tseng Looking To Join Select Company

Yani Tseng will compete for a fourth consecutive victory this week when she tees off in the HSBC Women’s Champions event in Singapore.  How good is that? 

Tiger Woods won three consecutive tournaments at the young age of twenty in 1996 to become the first male golfer to accomplish this feat. The most wins in a row in which a player competed is five.

 Nancy Lopez did it in 1978 and Annika Sorenstam did it in 2004-2005.  The caveat is they were not consecutive.  Each player took time off and selected the tournaments they would enter.

Yani Tseng this week has a chance to move along some selected company should she win. A fourth consecutive victory would allow her to join Mickey Wright (did it twice, once in 1962 and again in 1963), Kathy Whitworth (accomplished the feat in 1969), Annika Sorenstam in 2001 and Lorena Ochoa in 2008.

When you look at the company of women with four consecutive victories, Yani Tseng would be a worthy addition to such an acclaimed pedestal.  The woman has ice in her veins.  She studies the course as if dissecting it with a scalpel and then artfully places the shot right where she intended it to go.

I have seen the likes of Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Annika Sorenstam and Yani Tseng plays in a zone that like the others I mentioned were able to do when they were winning consistently.  She is flat out scary that someone so small can execute shot after shot and keep distance as well as she does with the likes of Michelle Wie when they were paired last week.

Will Tseng win this week?  I do not know.  I know one thing she will be in the mix.   .

Posted on: February 20, 2011 6:23 am

Tseng Three Times a Lady LPGA Champion

Yani Tseng wins for the third time in consecutive weeks. Tseng finished first, this time in the LPGA Honda Thailand.  Starting the day with a one stroke lead over I.K. Kim and Michelle Wie, Tseng separated herself from the pack on the back nine to finish 15 under par.

In Kyung Kim imploded with a quintuple bogey on the par four seventeenth to take herself out of contention leaving Michelle Wie to finish second.

Tseng, Kim and Wie all finished the front nine 3 under par.  On the tenth hole, the 505 yd par five Michelle Wie looked as if she would put pressure on the leader.  Her second shot was perfect on the green leaving her a possible eagle from 18 feet.  Tseng played safe having an easy layup to the green and a very makeable birdie putt.

Playing in the group just in front of Tseng and Wie, In Kyung Kim looked as if she was going to make this a tournament when she too played safe and birdied the tenth hole to temporarily tie Tseng for first place at 12 under.

Michelle only needed to get it close and be certain not to be in danger of losing ground.  Instead she pushed her putt to the right and left her birdie attempt 12 ft away.  Wie ended up saving par (-11) but Tseng made her birdie to once again be in the lead outright (-13).  The tenth hole had been a big swing that Wie would never be able to make up. Kim was now in second by one and Wie two having lost valuable ground she bet the ranch on to make up the deficit.

On the par four 13th hole Kim almost made eagle when her second shot crossed the right corner of the cup.  How it managed not to drop in remains to be seen but once again Kim made birdie to put herself in a tie with Tseng (-13).

Tseng seldom showing emotion played brilliantly down the stretch regaining the lead with a birdie of her own to go -14 for the tournament. 

The seventeenth hole proved to be the undoing for I.K. Kim as she left her second shot right of the elevated green.  Her third and fourth flop shots hit the top of the hill and rolled back.  The third shot over shot the green as Kim shot five over par on one hole to drop back with into a tie with playing partner Paula Creamer.  Creamer would bogey the 18th and finsh in a tie for fifth.  Kim and Webb finished in a tie for third.

Yani Tseng right now is the undisputed #1 golfer on the Ladies tour making her not 1 not 2 but 3 times a lady champion already this year.<sup></sup>

Posted on: February 19, 2011 7:57 am

Tseng Old Tseng Old for Honda LPGA

Yani Tseng eagled the par 5 18th hole to take a two stroke lead over I.K. Kim and Michelle Wie.  Tseng is one round away from winning the first three tournaments of the year and firmly establishing herself as the best women golfer on the planet.

In-Kyung Kim is also showing that Korean golfers are still amongst the best in the world and shot even par to remain one stroke back with Korean American Michelle Wie.

Michelle Wie shot a one under 71 to be in contention for her first win of the year.  Coming to the 18th hole two back Wie place her third shot on  about 4 feet from the cup.  Today she made sure she made it after failing the day before on a two foot put that would have allowed her to be tied for the lead in the second round.  Now in the third round she remains only one back.

The problem is that no one seems to have an answer for Yani Tseng.  Prior to the 18th hole Tseng bogeyed the two previous holes to slip from 9 under to 7 under and in a four way tie for first place. 

Others in contention going into the final round are Paula Creamer (4th) who shot a two-under par round of 70.  American Karrie Webb (5th) shot the tied the best round of the day with a 68.  Also shooting a 68 was Korean M.J. Hur (6th).
Posted on: February 6, 2011 8:28 am

Tseng Breezes to Win Australian Open

Tseng Breezes to Win Australian Open

Yani Tseng (TPE) easily held off the 2010 LPGA Player of the Year and No. 1-ranked Jiyan Shin of South Korea, Ji Eun-hee (KOR), and Melissa Reid (ENG) in the ISPS HANDA Australian Open shooting final round 2 under par.

Leading by four strokes going into the final round, Tseng from Chinese Taipei never saw the score closer than what she began the day defended her title by a commanding seven strokes.

Shin currently ranked #1 never seemed to harness the concentration she exhibited all last season.  Given several opportunities to close the gap, twice missing 4 foot puts. The first came on the par 5 tenth hole where she took a bogey 6.  One hole later with a chance at a birdie she again misses settling on a par.

The strong breezes today made approach shots to the green more difficult than yesterday.  Except for England’s Melissa Reid who shot a 5 under par 68 for the best round of the day to tie for second with Shin and Ji most everyone else would have been happy being par for the course.

Lydia Ko from Korea was the top amateur.    

Posted on: July 20, 2008 9:54 pm

Michelle Wie and the LPGA

I have followed Michelle Wie for most of her career.  She is an exceptionally fine talent, spoiled, but at the same time innocent.  Perhaps the word is naive.  She has not managed her career well (not her fault because she was hood winked by her father).  As a result she has not learned the first thing about how to keep those around her from destroying the very God given talent she is blessed with.  Her ability as made her the target of those that have worked so hard to obtain talent she has only to hone in order to be successful.  The problem she faces as she tries to work towards being competitive on the LPGA tour is that silver spoon is not welcome.   The LPGA is all about the LPGA and Michelle's unwillingness until now to play by their rules.  I am not talking about the rules of golf but the rules of bowing to the LPGA and giving up her own personal goals.  She will now more than likely have to earn her card in order to play on the tour; and rely on sponsor exemptions to play other tournaments.  What should she do?  If I were her I would go play in Asia and set up the Michelle Wie charity tournament in Hawaii.  The sponsors that want to see her play and win can make a tournament attractive to invite the most competitive because it is not a LPGA event.  As  a result she won't have to look over her should to see if she is going to get disqualified because she left the tent before signing her card.  The tournament could be more entertainment in the vein of a skins game.   The LPGA is using Michelle Wie for their own gain.  This week was a classic example.  I can not believe that for some reason they wanted to hear her side of the story before they gave her the old DQ.  That my friends is bogus.  The LPGA should be ashamed of what happened this weekend. That's all I have to say, it's my observation and I'm sticking to it.
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