Sonya Toms gave birth to their second child on Monday, a daughter they named Anna Camille, who weighed in at 6 1/2 pounds. Toms manager, Adam Young, said mother and daughter were doing well. He said he wasnt sure when Toms would return to the PGA Tour, although hed like to play once before the British Open.
Toms was five shots out of the lead at Pinehurst No. 2, but closed with a 77 to finish nine shots behind.
If it was a losing battle with Pinehurst, he didnt fare much better with his wife on the middle name of their daughter. Toms said at the Memorial earlier this month that they had a name picked out, but its a fight over the middle name.
Ill lose, too, Toms said at the time. I can probably go ahead and tell you what its going to be, because I know its going to be what she wants it to be.
Young said Toms told him the middle name was Camille but added, Were just calling her Anna.
Meg Mallons hero as a kid was Babe Zaharias, more because of her Olympic feats than her three U.S. Womens Open titles. The LPGA Tour wasnt on television much when she was growing up, and Mallon didnt see her first tournament until she was 16.
And boy, was she disappointed.
Her father took her to the 1979 Ladies Strohs Open in Dearborn, Mich., where Nancy Lopez was in her second full season and was the best thing going in golf. Mallon wanted to watch another future Hall of Famer, Beth Daniel.
I had just read an article in Golf Digest about this woman who swings like a man, a rookie on tour, whose name was Beth Daniel,
Mallon said. Were out there and my dad says, Dont you want to go watch Nancy Lopez? And I said, No, Dad, I want to go watch Beth Daniel. Shes supposed to have a great golf swing and a really bad temper.
They caught up with Daniel on a par 5 that could be reached in two. Daniel pulled out a fairway wood and Mallon was eager to see the golf swing she had read so much about it.
She dribbles it about 40 yards down the fairway, Mallon said, and Im like, Oh, good, I get to see the temper. She started laughing and walks down the fairway. I said to my dad, Lets go watch the leaders. And that was my first introduction to womens professional golf.
Michael Campbell stuck around to celebrate his U.S. Open title, celebrating into the late night at Pine Needles, where he stayed during the tournament.
After finishing up all his interviews, Campbell returned to Pine Needles about 9:30 p.m. Sunday and was given an impromptu champagne party by Peggy Kirk Bell, the renowned teacher and former LPGA star.
We had a great time, marketing director Holly Bell said. We drank champagne out of the championship trophy and toasted our friend, the new champion.
About 40 people, including Campbells caddie, attended the celebration.
In the days leading up to the U.S. Open, several players said the key statistic to watch was greens in regulation. Pinehurst No. 2 required a lot more than that, and Tiger Woods is the perfect example.
He led the field with most greens hit when he won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2000 and at Bethpage Black two years later. Woods again was at the top of the list at Pinehurst, hitting 75 percent of his greens.
Then again, he was second-to-last in putting.
Ultimately, the only statistic that meant anything was scoring.
Charles Howell offered one of the more refreshing ideas for the world ranking that the PGA Tour might do well to consider.
Some argued last year that the divisor'the number of tournaments played over two years'should be capped at 50 so Vijay Singh and others who like to play a lot of events would not be penalized. Howell suggested making 50 the minimum amount of tournaments that count in the ranking.
Thats only 25 tournaments a year -- 27 weeks off, Howell said.
Among other things, it would make it difficult for Tiger Woods to stay atop the world ranking unless he played in more tournaments. Woods usually plays no more than 21 times a year.
Two other players in the top 10 have played fewer than 50 tournaments in the two-year cycle'Phil Mickelson (49) and Sergio Garcia (46).
TRY, TRY AGAIN
Cristie Kerr said intimidation wasnt a factor when she lost in a playoff to Annika Sorenstam at the season-ending ADT Championship last year. It was just the wrong shot'but not by much.
Kerr had 188 yards from a sidehill lie in the fairway, and her 7-wood just went into the water right of the green, leading to double bogey. That allowed Sorenstam to play it safe and win with a bogey.
About two weeks later I was down there playing, said Kerr, a member at Trump International in West Palm Beach, Fla. I dropped about 10 balls and aimed more left. And I hit seven out of the 10 balls into the water hitting it solid. I think I hit a good shot in the playoff. Its the kind of lie that if you aim more and more left, it will star more and more right. It was just a tough break.
Chris DiMarco is the only player among the top 20 in the world ranking who has not won in the last three years. DiMarco is ranked No. 9. ... NCAA champion James Lepp has been given a sponsors exemption to the Canadian Open on Sept. 8-11. Lepp is a two-time Canadian Junior champion who went to Washington. ... One of the major players in the equipment industry, Callaway Golf finally has its first major champion on the PGA Tour. Michael Campbell was the first player on the Callaway tour staff to win, capturing the U.S. Open with a full line of products at Pinehurst No. 2.
STAT OF THE WEEK
For the second straight year, the Masters champion was runner-up at the U.S. Open'Phil Mickelson in 2004, Tiger Woods in 2005.
A lot of people think Im beautiful. A lot of people think Im sexy. I dont view myself that way because I was the other way a while ago.'Cristie Kerr, who went from a size-16 to a size-4 while dropping 60 pounds.
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