Bunker Shots


Michael Jackson left this world last week, but his music is still with us.
Some of his lyrics help tell the stories waiting to unfold this week:
(An Ode to Anthony Kim)
Cause this is a thriller, thriller night
And no ones gonna save you from the beast about to strike
You know its a thriller, thriller night
Youre fighting for life inside a killer, thriller tonight

Anthony Kim is the defending champion at the AT&T National, but the big question isnt whether he will repeat. Its whether he will finally finish ahead of Tiger Woods in a tournament.
In two-and-a-half seasons on the PGA Tour, Kim has never played in a PGA Tour event with Woods and finished higher than Woods.
Kims 0 for 16.
When Kim won a year ago at Congressional Country Club, Woods was in his first year as tournament host, but Woods wasnt even on the grounds. He was at home recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. Woods leads a field this season that includes four of the top 10 players in the world rankings. Paul Casey (No. 3), Vijay Singh (No. 9) and Jim Furyk (No. 10) are the only other top-10 players in the field.

I Cant Help It
(Lorena Ochoas Refrain)
Looking in my mirror
Took me by surprise
I cant help but see you
Running often through my mind

Lorena Ochoa returns to the LPGA at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic outside Toledo, Ohio, after being bumped from atop the Rolex Player of the Year standings.
With her victory Sunday at the Wegmans LPGA, rookie Jiyai Shin moved to the top of the standings. Ochoa didnt play last week. Shin also leads the Rookie of the Year race with a real chance to join Nancy Lopez as the only players in LPGA history to win top rookie and top player honors in the same season. Lopez did it in 1978. Shins also atop the LPGA money list.
With 13 victories around the world over the last 18 months, five of them LPGA titles, Shin is more than a victory machine. Shes a legitimate threat to Ochoas No. 1 world ranking. Shin moved up a spot to No. 3 this week with Yani Tseng holding on at No. 2.
With South Koreas rise to power in the womens game, it seems just a matter of time until a player from that country seizes the top ranking. Shin, as humble and sweet off the course as Ochoa is, looks like the odds-on-favorite to eventually be that South Korean player.

Cant Let Her Get Away
(USGAs Ode to Paula Creamer)
If I let her get away
Though Im begging
On my knees
Ill be crying everyday
Knowing the girl
That got away

The U.S. Golf Association has to be watching with intense interest to see how Paula Creamers left hand holds up this week in her title defense at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
Losing Creamer for next weeks U.S. Womens Open would be another blow to that event.
Creamers bid to win her first major championship will be one of the top storylines going into a week that needs some good tales to tell.
Unless Michelle Wie or Natalie Gulbis win the Jamie Farr on Sunday, the U.S. Womens Open will be played without two of the biggest attractions in golf. Wie and Gulbis didnt meet U.S. Womens Open exemption standards and neither made it through sectional qualifying. Their last chance to qualify for the U.S. Womens Open is by winning on Sunday.
Creamer injured her left thumb in the middle of the second round of the Wegmans LPGA and withdrew. She was diagnosed with inflammation and tendinitis of the thumbs joint capsule and received a cortisone shot on Monday. A hand and wrist sports specialist cleared her to play, but shell be tested by the pounding that thumb will endure this week.

Wanna Be Startin Somethin
(John Dalys theme song)
I said you wanna be startin somethin
You got to be startin somethin
Its too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
Youre stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder

John Daly will tee it up in Europe again this week at the Open de France.
Though he missed the cut at the BMW International Open in Germany last week, he has to believe even more strongly that the European Tour is the best place for him to rebuild his life and his game.
After tying for 59th at the St. Jude Championship, where his estranged wife complained about the restraining order he issued to keep her off the course, the negative news didnt slow in the states. There was that accident where he tore off part of the roof of his RV driving through a tunnel in Mobile, Ala. And last week, there was the news from a judge ordering Daly to pay almost $272,000 in legal fees for his unsuccessful libel lawsuit against the Florida Times-Union.
Dalys made the cut in three of six events on the European Tour since heading over to play the Spanish Open in late April. Hes looking for some momentum as he gears up for the British Open, one of two major championship titles he has claimed.

Beat It
(The path to the British Open)
Just beat it, beat it, beat it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin how funky and strong is your fight
It doesnt matter whos wrong or right
Just beat it, beat it

The AT&T National offers a last chance to qualify for the British Open.
The top two players off a special PGA Tour money list who arent already exempt to the British Open earn a trip to Turnberry. The money list is created from a six-tournament series (The Players Championship, the Memorial, St. Jude, U.S. Open, Travelers and AT&T National).
Paul Goydos leaped to No. 1 on the list with his tie for second at the Travelers last weekend with Ricky Barnes moving up a spot to No. 2.
Also still in the running are No. 3 John Mallinger, No. 4 Kevin Na, No. 5 Bryce Molder, No. 7 Ryan Moore and No. 8 Matt Bettencourt.
Ben Cranes No. 6, but he isnt playing this week.
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