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The GrunkleGuru

Grunkle is a slang term for the thick rough on a golf course that I have been using for many years. Given my penchant for inaccurate tee balls, I have become a bit of a guru out of the thick stuff, hence the name. This is a site for my random thoughts about sports (espeically golf) and life in general. While nothing special, it will hopefully offer a break from the daily drudgery for both you and me.

June 27, 2005

When Eagle's Eyes Are Smiling

I did not catch much of the golf this weekend, so I won’t even attempt to conjure up any type of in-depth analysis, but I will say this. The two major events of the weekend (The Barclay’s Classic on the PGA Tour, and the US Women’s Open) were contested on courses that are some of the best around.

At the Barclay’s, Padrig Harrington won for the second time this year with a miraculous 55’ eagle putt on the 18th hole. High drama that resulted in a great champion. The fact that he made the putt is incredible enough, but knowing that he had to two-putt from that difficult position to force a playoff made the putt all the more incredible. However, while Harrington’s victory was one of those high-drama moments, it was overshadowed by what happened at the U.S. Women’s Open.

While all the focus was on Annika and her run at the Sorrenslam (winning all four majors in the same year), it was the unheralded Birdie Kim (yes, that is her real name as she legally changed it to differentiate herself from all the other Kims on Tour) who won the Open with a spectacular hole-out from a greenside bunker on 18. With Sorrenstam struggling all weekend, we got an opportunity to see what the future of women’s golf holds, and it looks like it could be quite impressive. Not only do we have 18 year old Paula Creamer, who has already won on the LPGA Tour this year, but we also have Duke alum Brittany Lang (who will turn pro this summer), Michelle Wie, and perhaps the most competitive of them all, 17 year old Morgan Pressel ready to that the golf world by storm. The women’s game looks to have some budding rivalries that if marketed properly could really raise the level of awareness for the LPGA Tour, much like the women’s tennis game has gained in popularity in relation to the men’s game. Can anyone say catfight?


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