Oops, sorry about that, Trevor. Yes the same Trevor Immelman who birdied the last three holes in Memphis Sunday to muscle his way into a playoff eventually won by Justin Leonard, still has a theoretical chance for the calendar slam on the mens side.
If he wins the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines next Sunday, please deposit this column in the circular file.
Meanwhile, Im feeling a little melancholy for the fact that Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam tied for third'not first'after 72 holes of the McDonalds LPGA at Bulle Rock north of Baltimore Sunday.
No disrespect meant to Swedens long-hitting Maria Hjorth and Taiwans 19-year-old Yani Tseng. Theirs was a tense four-hole playoff in which Tseng finally prevailed with a short birdie putt to become the second youngest woman to win an LPGA major. It was also her first win of any kind on the LPGA.
Its just that an Ochoa victory would have marked her third straight win in a major and gotten her halfway to the 2008 Grand Slam. The attendant publicity would have resulted in a windfall of media attention for womens golf. Similarly, a Sorenstam triumph would have framed the debate in womens golf for the rest of the season:
Ochoa or Sorenstam?
Both finished one shot out of the overtime.
The lesson Ochoa will learn (we hope) is to never let the Golf Gods hear you say out loud in public that a golf round was easy. Thats the word she used after cruising to a 65 Friday and the 36-hole lead. It was an honest mistake by an honest person.
But next time, Lorena, try something like this: Gosh, I felt really comfortable out there today. Golf is never easy. But things were really going my way today.
We, the media, probably wont be as happy with couched phraseology. But the Golf Gods are pretty sensitive even when the hubris they hear is unintentional.
Ochoa struggled on the weekend, shooting scores of 72 and 71. Nothing I can do now, she said when it was over. I did my best. It wasnt my time.
Sorenstam could have joined Hjorth and Tseng in the playoff had she birdied the 72nd hole. If her putting had measured up to her ball-striking at Bulle Rock, she would have won going away.
I left a lot of shots out there, she said when it was over. Its a tough time.
And its probably her last time in this event. Not long ago Sorenstam announced she will leave the LPGA at the end of the year. Sounds like she isnt coming back.
I cant imagine an LPGA leaderboard without Annikas name on it, said LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens Sunday.
Nor can most of the rest of us.
Finally, a few observations on the mens side as U.S. Open week approaches:
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