The Show of Shows


Editor's Note: In Backspin, the editorial staff takes a look back on the biggest stories from the past week in golf -- with a spin.
HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL: D.J. Trahan rallied from four shots back on the final day to overtake Justin Leonard to win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. It was Trahan's second career PGA TOUR victory, following his win at the 2006 Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
Backspin Perhaps the bigger story, however, was Leonard's awful collapse on the inward nine. Looking for his second win at the Hope and second win in just the last four months, the Texan had three bogeys on the back nine to hand over the victory to Trahan.

MORE CONTROVERSY: A week after Kelly Tilghman's on-air remarks, Golfweek magazine fueled the flame by placing an image of a noose on its January 19th issue. The magazine's parent company, Turnstile Publishing Co., then fired Golfweek's vice president and editor, Dave Seanor.
Backspin Whatever the thinking at Golfweek, they at least knew that going with that particular image for its cover would spark more outrage. And it most certainly did. Jim Thorpe, one of two African-Americans on the Champions Tour added, 'That was absolutely stupid. That was just throwing fuel on the fire. Let him get barbecued.'

WORLD CUP WOES: Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy Delasin of the Philippines shot a 7-under 65 Sunday to beat South Korea by two strokes at the Women's World Cup of Golf. The United States team of Pat Hurst and Julie Inkster had a disappointing week ending up tied for 10th with Scotland.
Backspin The Philippines had to rally late against South Korea, with five birdies on the back nine, to capture its first title. Meanwhile, World Cup woes continue for the United States, who is now 0 for 4 at the event. Their best finish thus far was a fourth-place showing back in 2005, when they were represented by Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis.

ALOHA, FRED!: Fred Funk birdied the final two holes to gain a two-shot win at the season-opening MasterCard Championship in Hawaii. The 51-year-old Funk rang up 23 birdies over the three days, averaging just under eight birdies a round.
Backspin Funk, who had already played twice this year in Hawaii - on the PGA TOUR - is off to a good start in his quest to win $2 million on the both tours during the 2008 season. He earned $300,000 for his Champions Tour win and has collected close to $200,000 on the PGA TOUR. We want the Funk, bring on the Funk!

THE SHOW OF SHOWS: The PGA of America staged its 55th PGA Merchandise Show at the massive Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., this past week. The annual show brings together over 1,000 exhibitors that take up more than 1 million square feet of showroom floor.
Backspin The big buzz at this year's show was undoubtedly the innovations that will allow the golfing public to interchange their golf shafts from the head of the driver. But, of course, that was just one aspect of the show. The real fun is seeing many of the new, and sometimes useless products, that see there way to the showroom floor. And we're not sure what those skimpily clad women were hawking, but we think it had something to do with golf.

ABU DHABI SURPRISE: Martin Kaymer was the surprise winner this week at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. The 23-year-old German, who led by six going into the final round, managed to hang on to win at 15 under-273, topping Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood by four strokes.
Backspin Kaymer did his best to blow a chance at his first ever win on the European Tour, with three straight bogeys early in his round, eventually struggling to a 2 over par in the final round. But despite his worst efforts, the six-stroke lead he held going into the final round propelled the young German to victory.

FLAG FLAP: The management of the Chinese women's team at the Women's World Cup of Golf asked - and was granted - the removal of the Taiwanese flag from display on flagpoles, golf bags and scoreboards. China does not recognize the independence of Taiwan, referring to it as a breakaway province.
Backspin The Taiwanese team was not happy with the situation but played on anyway, eventually finishing in a tie for third with Japan. The Chinese team placed T-12, seven shots back of Taiwan. It should also be noted that South Africa - where the event was being played - also doesn't recognize Taiwan's independence. The Taiwanese players, it turns out, showed up to just play good golf.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: John Daly is considering filing a lawsuit against the insurance company that represents the Palm Beach County-based Honda Classic because of an injury he suffered last year when a female fan snapped a picture of him in the first round; The Hall of Fame ballots were released this past week and this years list comprises 17 names compared to 20 last year.
Backspin Apparently Daly is looking for different ways to collect checks since playing golf hasn't worked for him in the past several years. With as many exes as Daly has, he needs as much financial help as he can get; Lanny Wadkins expects to be inducted this year. Wadkins won 21 times on the PGA TOUR, including the 1977 PGA Championship and the 1979 PLAYERS.
Related Links:
  • Full Coverage - Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
  • Full Coverage - MasterCard Championship
  • Full Coverage - Women's World Cup of Golf
  • More Headlines