similarities make it tempting to compare Kimberly Kim with Michelle Wie. Kim is
the 14-year-old from Hilo, Hawaii, who won the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday
at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Hills, Ore., beating Katharina
Schallenberg, 26, of Lengerich, Germany, 1 up in the final. Wie, of course, is
the 16-year-old from Honolulu who's won nothing except the 2003 Women's Public
Links as a 13-year-old but has gone on to earn millions since, largely by
playing against men. Many would like to present the latter as a cautionary tale
for the former, but it's a useless object lesson. Each golfer has one USGA
title, so it's impossible to make the case that Kim is learning how to win
against appropriate competition any more than Wie did. Kim is having a good
summer. She lost in the final of the Women's Public Links and made the cut at
the Women's Open, but turning pro or competing against men is not an option.
She is a small girl (5'4") who hits the ball an average distance (about 250
yards off the tee). She's unabashedly youthful and relaxed, full of stories
about her fondness for sleep and about little swing thoughts that she scribbles
on her arm. The 6-foot Wie is a once-in-a-generation talent who drives the ball
as far as Dean Wilson, another Hawaiian and last week's PGA Tour winner. It's
credible to question Wie's career management--playing against men, going pro,
forgoing winning in favor of earning--but her career trajectory is not the same
as that of any other female golfer. Will Wie realize her awesome potential?
That's yet to be seen, but either way there's little in her experience that
applies to Kim.... After 60 holes Cristie Kerr trailed Angela Stanford in the
CN Canadian Women's Open by seven shots, but Kerr birdied six of the next 10
holes, and Stanford bogeyed the last two, making Kerr the winner at 12-under
? Paul McGinley
withdrew from the PGA Championship to attend the funeral of Heather Clarke, the
wife of Darren who died on Aug. 13. The two Irishmen are pals on the course,
and their families are close off it. McGinley's wife, Ali, and Heather were
dear friends, and both players' kids attend the same school. ? Medinah head pro
Mike Scully says Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Sergio Garc�a were among the few
pros who had not played a practice round at the club before this week. ? On
Aug. 11 Jeff Sluman played his sixth practice round at Medinah. It may not have
been a serious warmup. He played with Bill Murray.
Most Tour pros
have woods with graphite shafts and irons with steel shafts. The chart shows
shaft usage at the International. Of the 144 pros, only Greg Owen and Jimmy
Walker had steel-shafted drivers. Kent Jones was the lone user of
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]
Survey has tracked equipment usage at golf tournaments since 1938.
? For John
Garrity's live PGA Championship blog, go to SI.com/golf.