THE COMMISH: The LPGA announced late Tuesday that Michael Whan would be its next commissioner. Whan, a former executive vice president of TaylorMade Adidas Golf North America, will take over for acting commissioner Marty Evans in January.
We haven't seen someone come out of nowhere like this since Rosie Ruiz in the 1980 Boston Marathon. Considering we knew as much about Mr. Whan as we did Egyptian hieroglyphics prior to his press conference, we'll have to assume the LPGA hired the best candidate. Considering what the tour has been through this past year, we definitely give them the benefit of the doubt that they've found the right person to right the ship.
POSER: Construction began last week on Donald Trump's Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The 14,000-acre site will host two courses, a clubhouse, a hotel, nearly 1,000 holiday homes and roughly 500 houses. Trump's son, Donald, Jr., was on site Tuesday for the ground-breaking [and photo-ops].
According to Scottish newspapers, five residents still live on the estate and refuse to be bought out by Trump. A 'Tripping Up Trump' campaign has also been established to try and prevent the billionaire from evicting them. Trump has faced a lot of opposition over the last three years in his drive to build, in his boastful words, 'the greatest golf course in the world.' Amazingly, he just can't comprehend that some people don't care about money – they just want to live on and enjoy God's beautiful land.
FISHER KING: Ross Fisher of England defeated American Anthony Kim, 4 and 3, in the 36-hole final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship. Fisher earned $1.1 million and moved to third on the European Tour's Order of Merit. After a year off, the event was contested in Spain. It had been held in Wentworth, England since 1964.
That wasn't the only change. A round-robin format was used with 16 players comprising four pools, where one winner emerged from each based on points earned and margin of victory. It's much like what they do in soccer. Except not as knife-in-the-back agonizing to watch.
SO WE MEET AGAIN: Three weeks after their Presidents Cup singles match, Anthony Kim and Robert Allenby squared off in the semifinals of the Volvo World Match Play. Kim, who defeated Allenby in their previous encounter, was victorious again, disposing of the Australian, 5 and 4. Allenby created headlines after their initial meeting when he was critical of Kim's nightlife and called the 24-year-old the 'current John Daly.'
The only thing that would have made this match better would have been if Kim came to the first tee dressed and staggering like Otis Campbell. Both players issued statements in the aftermath of Allenby's Presidents Cup comments, but you knew a politician's apology had more sincerity. Kim refused to give Allenby any gimmes this time around, making him putt out from a foot. The way Kim treated Allenby and the way Kim beat Allenby – maybe he's got a little Tiger Woods in him afterall.
DON'T VIKINGS LIKE WATER?: PGA Tour officials were forced to cancel the Viking Classic due to incessant rain and unplayable course conditions. It was the first time the Tour canceled an event outright since the 1996 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. No make-up date was scheduled, leaving next week's Children's Miracle Network Classic as the final official event of of the 2009 Tour season.
David Duval enters the finale in 125th place, less than $11,000 ahead of Chris Riley. Other notables needing a big week at Disney: Rich Beem [No. 124], Chris DiMarco  – actually, pretty much everyone in the field.
POUL POSITION: Ian Poulter ended a three-year winless drought by capturing the Singapore Open, an event co-sanctioned by the Asian and European tours. Poulter won wire-to-wire, though he nearly blew the tournament by shooting 1-over 72 in the final round.
Poulter, 33, is now 15th on the Official World Golf Ranking, nearing his goal of breaking into the top 10 by year's end. There is substance to go along with the style, but is there enough to ever win a major? Is there even enough to ever win on the PGA Tour? If either is going to happen, you'd think it would come in the next couple of years.
NA, NA, NA, NA: Na-Yeon Choi won Hana Bank Kolon Championship in her native South Korea. She birdied the 18th hole for a one-shot triumph over Yani Tseng and Maria Hjorth. Choi, who also captured the Samsung World Championship, is just the third player with multiple wins on tour this year.
Choi's two victories have come in her last three starts, but because of the LPGA's scattered schedule, the first came in September and the latter in November. The next three weeks will wrap up the '09 season, as the ladies travel to Japan, Mexico and Texas. Ji Yai Shin still leads the money list and tops the Player of the Year standings.
TROPHY ENVY: John Cook concluded the 2009 Champions Tour season with an easy victory at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Cook shot four sub-70 rounds, including a 10-under 62 Friday, en route to a five-stroke win. Loren Roberts, meanwhile, shot 66 Sunday to secure his second Charles Schwab Cup points title in three seasons.
Cook got $440,000 for his victory, while Roberts earned another $1 million annuity. Bernhard Langer, however, topped the money list with over $2.1 million. Who gets Player of the Year? That would have to be Roberts, who is the only one among the three to have won a major [Senior British].
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Chang-won Han captured the inaugural Asian Amateur Championship. ... Adam Scott tied for third at the Singapore Open, while Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els tied for 14th. ... Joey Sindelar withdrew from the Charles Schwab Cup Championship after complaining of shorteness of breath and diziness after playing the fourth hole Saturday. ... Tom Lehman's father, Jim Lehman, Sr., died Wednesday after complications during lung surgery. He was 75.
Han earned a spot in the 2010 Masters Tournament and a quick pass to the final stage of International Qualifying for next year's Open Championship. ... That's Scott's best finish anywhere since the Sony Open in January. ... Sindelar was taken to a nearby hospital and remained there Sunday after being diagnosed with a pulmonary emoblism. ... Our prayers are with the Lehman family.