Golf Still Compelling in the Fall

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The advent of autumn barrels down on us like a Mack truck careening downhill without any brakes. And the golf season suddenly appears in our lens through a different kind of filter.
 
Baseball will soon be coming to a head. The NFL is about to burst into our sporting consciousness. And the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in its waning days, is full of compelling stories.
 
Ill still take our sport. Here a just a few reasons:
 
  • Paula Creamers candor..And by the way, the best story of the Solheim Cup would be Creamer and Annika Sorenstam standing on the 18th tee All Square in the final match Sunday with the Cup riding on the outcome.
     
  • By the way II: Whaddya think'would the American side be stronger if Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel were on the roster? Just wondering.
     
  • If the U.S. loses at Crooked Stick this week and if Wendy Ward doesnt play well, the second-guessers will be all over captain Nancy Lopez for making Ward a selection. Ward was 0-4 in the 2003 Solheim Cup. Conversely, if Ward plays well and the U.S. wins, Lopez will be widely praised.
     
  • Imagine returning from vacation and discovering that Vaughn Taylor and Jeff Brehaut are two of the hottest players on the PGA Tour.
     
  • Olin Browne winning in New England makes it two weeks in a row that a player--not stuck on himself just because hes a good golfer--has won on tour. Brad Faxon at Hartford the week before was the other one. Browne and Faxon are both guys youd like to have in your dinner party on the road, especially if the conversation - God forbid - was to stray from golf.
     
  • Do you suppose Vijay Singh calls it Ping-Pong? Or does he prefer table tennis?
     
  • Ty Votaw steps down as commissioner of the LPGA this week. If the PGA Tour hires him (and the tea leaves say the tour will), it will be a terrific move for the folks in Ponte Vedra Beach.
     
  • Some day, somewhere, somebody is going to teach their child to play golf left-handed and right-handed. And when that child grows into an adult and becomes a world-class player, he or she will not have back problems.
     
  • Prediction: Tiger Woods will have a better year in 2006 than he did in 2005. That means at least two more majors, more victories and more money.
     
    Just to be greedy, after getting Sorenstam-Creamer in the final Sunday singles match at the Solheim Cup, Id like to have Woods vs. Singh in the same situation at the Presidents Cup later this month.
     
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