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August 10, 2009
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August 10, 2009

Teeing Off

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SHORT GAME

Don't Look Back, Jack

Stat of the week: PGA Tour victories—Sam Snead 82 (won his 69th at age 41); Jack Nicklaus 73 (69th at 40); Tiger Woods 69 (age 33). Cue the Jaws music....Woods has won 21 of his last 39 Tour starts, or 54%. If President Obama can maintain that level of support in the Senate, the Tour's independent contractors might get a little government health insurance....We have a new candidate in the eternal search for the "next Tiger." Twenty-year-old amateur Ricky Fowler (11-under 263) nearly stole the Nationwide tour's Children's Hospital Invitational but lost a playoff to Derek Lamely. Could Fowler be the mythical Woods successor? Maybe, but right now he's not even the next Daniel Summerhays....Michelle Wie (right) was one of Beth Daniel's Solheim Cup captain's picks. She was 13th in the standings but No. 1 in corporate voting....Perhaps Daniel thought Wie would bring something extra to the team room (besides her parents). Wie and teammate Christina Kim guarantee that there are at least two women of South Korean descent in the field, which should help foster the illusion that the game's best are playing....Seriously, free ticket to the foursomes for anyone who can pick all three of the European tour's top qualifiers—Gwladys Nocera, Tania Elosegui and Diana Luna—out of a lineup....Fred Funk's Senior Open win gets him into next year's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. USGA rough together with Pebble's teensy greens will put a premium on accuracy and short-game prowess. Funk could compete, but he'll more likely end up with the Greg Norman--Tom Watson heartbreaking-old-guy-in-a-major award.

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