You would think
that the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro would be an easy mark for Davis Love
III, since he was born and raised in North Carolina, went to college at Chapel
Hill and redesigned Forest Oaks Country Club, where the tournament is played,
in 2003. And while Love won there in 1992, since completing the redesign he has
missed the cut twice and withdrawn once. In fact, Love hadn't won at all since
the '03 International, a span of 76 starts. But after he failed to qualify for
the U.S. Ryder Cup team--which he blames on trying too hard and spending too
much time scoreboard-watching--Love took a five-week break, during which he
worked on a stance adjustment with instructors Jack Lumpkin and Todd Anderson.
At Greensboro the change kicked in, and Love avoided looking at the leader
board until he had a two-shot lead on the 72nd hole. From there he parred out
to finish at 16-under 272 and claim the $900,000 first-place check, which moved
him from 39th to 15th on the money list and secured a spot in the Tour
Lorena Ochoa is a native of Mexico and an outspoken defender of immigration
rights, so her win at the Corona Morelia Championship (20-under 272) in her
home country was sweet, but even sweeter may be what the title means to her
already amazing 2006 season. With her fourth triumph in 22 starts, Ochoa is now
tied for first in wins, first in top 10s (17), first in Player of the Year
points (253), first on the money list ($2,124,122), first in scoring average
(69.36) and second to Annika Sorenstam in the World Ranking. Still, with three
events left, POY is far from locked up, as the reemergent Karrie Webb (214
points) and Sorenstam (206) are close behind.
Three in a
Will Tiger Woods follow the leads of Love and Ochoa and try to win at home?
Woods is leading the race for the Vardon Trophy (lowest scoring average) by
almost a stroke (68.11) but needs to play 60 rounds to qualify for the award.
If he plays only the Tour Championship, as scheduled, he'll finish with 59
rounds. The obvious fill-in would be the Funai Classic at Walt Disney World,
about 15 minutes from his house. When asked recently if winning the Vardon
meant anything to him, he replied, "Not much.... If you don't play enough
rounds, you don't play enough rounds." That's a change from 2003, when
Vijay Singh won the money title and Woods swore the Vardon was more
improve his scoring, Wes Short Jr. carried two putters last week (MC),
something that's been done only seven times in the last five years. Here's who
else did it and how they fared.
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lost the Ryder Cup on the first four holes." --PEPPER MILL, PAGE G17