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#AskLav: Crazy is always good in the media world

Casey Martin, Gary Player and Maria Kirilenko
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It’s understandable if this week’s bizarro golf headlines have left you a bit confused, perhaps thinking that the “mere mortal” Gary Player blasted his caddie on national TV and then, in seeking revenge, decided to pose nude in a revoked golf cart, but only after working out at the Wimbledon gym and taking anti-inflammatory medications for his elbow.

Really, it’s a lot of weirdness to digest in one week, and, with one story in particular, too much to stomach.

Here, your #AskLav mailbag:

No, JD. Dear god, no. Besides, as GC’s social-media whiz pointed out here, haven’t you already appeared on the “Body Issue” cover?

Player, 77, has three advantages over the SI cover model: more longevity, better frequent-flyer status and a more solid impact position. More appealing centerfolds? Not exactly.

Here you go: Padraig Harrington, Angel Cabrera and John Senden. Why? Paddy has three top-10s this season, is a two-time Open champion and was T-5 at Muirfield in ’02; Cabrera doesn’t have a stellar Open record – two top-10s, eight MCs in 14 starts – but has played well at times this season; and Senden has top-35 finishes in seven of his last eight majors, including a T-15 at Merion.

He could win. He could miss the cut. He could have another mediocre performance and bend a 9-iron. He could upset even more tennis players at the gym. Who knows? Certainly you’d like to see the world No. 2 in some kind of form before the year’s third major, but then again, he’s already expressed his distaste for the Open’s inherent challenges.

Short memory, eh? At this time last year, Rory arrived at The Irish Open having missed three of his last four cuts worldwide. He tied for 10th that week, and a month later he picked up the second of his eventual five wins in 2012. He’s way too talented to go the entire year without a title, but whether he figures out his game by the year’s final major – just like last year – remains to be seen.

Well, I’ll take the semi-retired guy who has four top-10s in seven starts this season, who views the event as his fifth major, who has three wins and a top-5 in his last four starts at TPC Deere Run. Steve Stricker, the no-brainer pick.