... AND ANOTHER
" Tim Finchem
shouldn't rely on Tour players self-policing for performance-enhancing drugs.
That hasn't worked in any other pro league."
KIM POSSIBLE I
believe that the U.S. Women's Amateur victory of Kimberly Kim, known to friends
as Kim Squared, marks the start of a trend. Nearly 10 years ago the USGA
launched a grant program that brings golf to kids who might not otherwise be
exposed to the game. Kim, who's from Hawaii, was one of those kids. Kimberly's
dad, Young Soo, is an orchid farmer, and Kimberly and her sister, Christine,
learned the game at a shabby public facility. The grant provided top-notch
instruction the Kims couldn't have afforded otherwise and furnished playing
opportunities against good competition. Additionally, at the beginning of 2006
the USGA approved a change in the amateur status rules, allowing expenses for
individual competitions to be paid through a player's state or regional golf
association. Now the great young American players should start to emerge, as
they are on equal ground with foreign players whose federations have been
supporting them financially for years.
Before Tom Lehman announced his Ryder Cup captain's picks, I liked three guys:
Davis Love III (right), Stewart Cink and--my sleeper-- Tim Herron. Davis and
Stewart are Cup vets, important since the seventh through 10th slots are filled
by rookies. European crowds are enthusiastic, and the noise can be a
shocker--singing, chanting--all good stuff, but you have to be prepared for it.
Davis seems to rise to the occasion in singles (3-1-2 record), and given the
U.S.'s history of being down heading into that format, you need a go-to guy.
Stewart is playing well of late and was unbeaten in the '00 Presidents Cup. Tim
won earlier in the season at Colonial, and his demeanor makes him a great
team-room guy. You can pair him with anyone and feel confident. He also went
undefeated at the '93 Walker Cup.
Dottie Pepper, a
17-year veteran of the LPGA tour and an analyst for NBC and the Golf Channel,
welcomes questions at email@example.com.
Who Am I? ... C)
Ted Purdy (left)
WGC- Bridgestone Invitational was founded in 1999, and Tiger Woods has never
finished worse than fourth (2002 and '03). He won the event in '99, '00, '01