History was made in Canada on Sunday as U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion Lydia Ko became the youngest Champion in LPGA Tour history at the age of 15 years, 4 months, 2 days. While Creamer won at 18 and Lexi Thompson won at 16 as pros, Ko has said repeatedly that she has no plans to turn pro anytime soon and in fact wants to go to college.
Players like Nick Watney, Brandt Snedeker, and Dustin Johnson have clearly raised their hands when it comes to Davis Love III’s U.S. Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks with their finishes in The Barclays. As a result, the Deutsche Bank Championship becomes incredibly important for anyone who is contention for a Captain’s Picks and that includes Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk who many would have considered locks for the team as recently as a few days ago.
Paul Lawrie won the Johnnie Walker Championship and will be on the European Ryder Cup team after a 13 year absence. While Lawrie has accomplished a great deal in his career including the final round 67 at Carnoustie to come from 10 back to win the 1999 Open Championship, he may never get the respect he deserves because of the epic collapse of Jean Van de Velde that year. The good news for the European Ryder Cup team is that they head to Medinah with a group of highly experienced players who are playing well right now.
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