"It's happened to everyone who's been on the top for a year," Price said. "I'm just happy that I extended that period to almost three years. I want to get out of it quickly, and I'm not that far off. I just hope to find my form before the British Open."
What the LPGA ideally needs in this week's U.S. Women's Open at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is a showdown between its two best players, Laura Davies and Michelle McGann. Going into last weekend's Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, Davies and McGann were one-two on the money list, the player of the year points race and the Vare Trophy standings for scoring average. Davies, who skipped Toledo, was first in driving distance, while McGann, who finished 14th there, was third. Both have two wins and seven top-10 finishes this year.
McGann acknowledges that a friendly rivalry with Davies could do nothing but help the LPGA in its battle for exposure with the more visible men's tours. Davies started the year as if she were going to win every tournament but hasn't played in America since May. McGann broke through with her first LPGA win this spring at the Sara Lee Classic and added a playoff victory at the Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic earlier this month. She no longer has to read about her advertising appeal being greater than her ability on the golf course. I knew deep down inside that I was going to ultimately win," McGann said in Toledo, where she finished live strokes behind first-time LPGA winner Kathryn Marshall of Scotland. "I got a lot of attention for the way I look, the way I dress, my hats. But I felt I played pretty good golf. I think people forgot I was only 25. All that [criticism] did was fire me up."
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