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It is the most entertaining, disturbing, heartening and crushing television of the year. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an ESPN phenomenon that identifies the fifth-grader with the biggest brain all the while exaggerating the uselessness of our public school education.
Its also the perfect theme for this weeks Cut Line, because as champion Kavya Shivashanka proved, youve got to be in it to win it to bring home Laodicean.
Made Cut
  • Assiduous, adjective: Can I have the definition? Hard-working, as in the best way to define Michael Allens dogged career.
    A few years back we were talking with the endearing journeyman when he mentioned hed interviewed for the club professional job at a new Donald Trump golf course. He didnt want to quit, but two kids at home and more trips to Q-School than any one man should endure made the prospect of hawking golf shirts in a shop somehow tolerable.
    Flash forward a few years and the freshly minted 50-year-old now has his first Tour-sanctioned title, a major and more motivation than ever to prove that after 334 starts he can land his first Tour title. Now that is assiduous.
  • Monomaniacal, adjective: Can you use the word in a sentence? Davis Love III has a monomaniacal desire to play every major championship.
    To recap, Love went 72 holes last week at the Byron Nelson Championship, a full turn that included a second-round 64, played in Mondays 36-hole British Open qualifier in nearby Plano ' where he shot 67-65 to earn a trip to Turnberry and his 23rd consecutive Open Championship start ' and headed across town for this weeks event at Colonial.
    After Colonial he heads to Memorial and another 36-hole Monday marathon in Ohio for U.S. Open qualifying. There are American tour pros who have passed on a spot at the Open Championship because of the flying or the food or an aversion to roundabouts, but not Love. But then DL3 seems to understand better than most, the only way to win a major championship is to play in one.

    Made Cut ' Did not finish (MDF)
  • Well-nigh, adverb: Can I have the origin of the word? An old English word dating from the 12th century meaning near or almost.
    We applaud AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am officials for bouncing Poppy Hills from the events rotation in favor of Monterey Peninsula CCs Shore Course, a drastic upgrade by nearly all accounts, but the Claim bake folks seemed to have come up a club short.
    If they really wanted to woo the cream of the tour crop back to the Crosby they should have moved heaven and earth ' Monterey is where the two meet, or so the legend goes ' to pull Cypress Point back into the fold.
    Cypress Point, a perennial nations best in nearly every ranking and part of the Pebble Beach rotation before the club ran afoul the Tours membership policies in the early 1990s, would give the Pro-Am the tours best 1-2 combination and would likely assure one of the years deepest fields.
  • Meddlesome, adjective: May I have an alternate pronunciation? Med-l-suh m, as in the LPGAs newest media-driven suggestion.
    New media is a brave new world and traditional boundaries no longer frame the fairways, but LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens comment that shed love it if players Twittered during the middle of a round, may be a bit too new and too much media.
    We have a pretty good idea what is going through Paula Creamers mind after a three-putt at the 71st hole, theres no need for a quick Tweet on the way to the 18th tee to confirm.

    Missed Cut
  • Peculiar, adjective: Can I have the definition? Strange; queer; odd. Can you use it in a sentence? The Tours peculiar move to pull the Northern Trust Open into the Championship Management fold was a surprise.
    Making NBA great Jerry West the front man for the Tours L.A. stop appears to be a non-issue. Hes a huge draw in the community, passionate about golf and a quick study of tournament operations, as evidenced by his intense tour of The Players operation earlier this month at TPC Sawgrass.
    But the Tours move to run the event along with the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce was curious. Championship Management is the Tour division that operates the circuits top events ' including the WGCs, Players, Presidents Cup and two of the four playoff stops ' but normally doesnt meddle in the affairs of rank-and-file tournaments.
    Peculiar indeed.
  • Extenuation, noun: Can you use it in a sentence? Sergio Garcias extenuation of his poor play seemed hollow.
    Garcias admission to the U.K. press this week that he had split with girlfriend Morgan-Leigh Norman, the daughter of Greg Norman, had a cathartic feel to it, but using the episode as an excuse for poor play smacks of denial.
    While Cut Line is glad Garcia is coping with his loss in such a mature way, he may have wanted to wait until after next months U.S. Open to clear all of his emotional baggage. What do you think Bethpage galleries can rhyme with Morgan-Leigh?

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