"What I like about Lorie is that she keeps putting herself in position to win," says Rotella. "The grief she gets from coming close is not causing her to pull back. She's getting to know how her insides work very well. When she does win, she'll understand better than other players how to do it again." Rotella says that's what happened to Duval, who followed seven second-place finishes with three victories in a row.
What makes Kane's case different is her age. She didn't join the LPGA until she was 31 and now is feeling a sense of urgency. That was evident at last month's Australian Ladies Masters. Kane shared the 54-hole lead but couldn't make a birdie over the last 17 holes. When, on 18, she learned that Karrie Webb had made a birdie ahead of her to take the lead, Kane cursed loudly enough to quiet the gallery.
That kind of response was reminiscent of Tom Watson, who also had difficulty winning early in his career. When asked what turned him around, he said, "I decided that I hated to lose." In other words, second sucks.
And the Envelope Please...
Dave Stockton (a.k.a. Junior) and Omar Uresti (O-Man) are the Siskel and Ebert of the PGA Tour. They each see up to five movies a week but for different reasons. Stockton (far right) goes to the show out of "pure boredom," he says. "You've got to do something." Uresti's affinity for film is a family matter. "When you're named after your mother's favorite actor—Omar Sharif—you're going to grow up with an interest," he says. With the Academy Awards on March 26, we asked Junior and O-Man for their Oscar picks.
O-Man: The Green Mile. I'm a big Stephen King fan, and the movie was faithful to the book. Mile also impressed me more than any of the other nominees.
Junior: The Sixth Sense. I like a surprise ending, and this one had a nice twist. Sorry, O-Man, but The Green Mile was way too long. I'm tired of three-hour movies.
O-Man: Denzel Washington. Not only was The Hurricane a good movie, but it is also time for Denzel to win an Oscar. But watch out for Kevin Spacey (American Beauty).