The Sybase Match Play Championship begins Thursday with intriguing possibilities for the Sunday finals.
Here are some of the more compelling:
Jiyai Shin vs. Ai Miyazato – A battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2 with the top world ranking up for grabs. This final would assure Asia goes 7-0 in LPGA events this season.
Michelle Wie vs. Morgan Pressel – Two of the best young Americans, former junior rivals, power player vs. precision player, with a big boost to American golf no matter which player wins.
Suzann Pettersen vs. Cristie Kerr – Two warriors in golf cleats, the intensity of the heat thrown off in this final could cause the grass beneath their footsteps to turn brown.
Se Ri Pak vs. Karrie Webb – Hall of Fame finish with two veterans who still rank among the great ball strikers trumping each other with their shot making.
Azahara Munoz vs. Amanda Blumenherst – Rookie of the Year candidates establish who’s the front runner with the promise of so much more.
Stacy Lewis vs. Vicky Hurst – Second-year players stake claims as the next big American star.