Part of the problem is that the AP hasn't replaced Doug Ferguson with a regular who has broad knowledge of the LPGA, but instead has gone with sub after sub from week to week. Noah Trister's final-round piece is certainly serviceable (and much better than Ferguson's typical phone-it-in effort from last season), but it fails to put Lee's win in perspective: 4th in her less-than-3-year career, 3rd in the past calendar year (behind only Lorena Ochoa, tied with Paula Creamer and Annika Sorenstam, and ahead of Mi Hyun Kim and Suzann Pettersen), it helped her cross the $3M mark in career winnings and come less than $10K shy of the $1M mark in season winnings. Even basic identifiers like 2005 Futures Tour money leader and 2006 LPGA Rookie of the Year are missing.
How about Brian Hewitt? He knows the LPGA pretty well, having broken a story about the strains between former best friends Inbee and Angela Park just last week. This week, he writes: "Anthony Kim now joins Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Kenny Perry on the short list of players who have won more than once on the PGA TOUR this year. That’s fast company." And joining Ochoa, Sorenstam, and Creamer as repeat winners on the LPGA Tour this season is, what? Not worth mentioning, apparently.
Jason Sobel's Weekly 18 has nothing on the LPGA despite his having written this after Lee's first win of the season:
After the firm of Ochoa, Sorenstam & Creamer swiped 11 of the first dozen LPGA titles of the year, we've now seen new champions in each of the past two weeks. Following Leta Lindley's victory at the Corning, Seon Hwa Lee took down Karrie Webb when the Hall of Famer missed a short putt on the second playoff hole at the Ginn Tribute presented by Annika--Lee's third win in as many seasons on tour.
And this might be only the tip of the iceberg for Lee. Three years ago, she was the leading money-winner on the developmental Futures Tour and she also owns three other international victories as a pro. At 20th in the Rolex Rankings prior to her win, don't be surprised to see the South Korea native in the top 10 and maybe even top five by year's end.
Jason, here's a little hint. An "I told you so" is warranted after making a prediction like that (one which I fully endorse, having picked her back in January to be #3 at season's end).
Which raises the question: does anybody check out LPGA.com before they file their Sunday commentary? No, wait, don't answer. I'm sure if new American Angela Park had followed up her tournament-record 62 on Saturday with a win Sunday or if American Jane Park's matching final-round 62 had held up, we'd be seeing the same kind of adulation as Anthony Kim is getting. Sure!
[Update 1 (9:43 am): Hound Dog takes the high road in his tournament epilogue, but his points about Lee's standing still hit home.]
[Update 2 (10:10 am): Ryan Ballengee updated his post on Lee's 2nd win of 2008 partially in response to this one. Those who have followed our exchange in the comments here may be interested in my comments on his post.]
[Update 3 (7/8/08, 12:12 am): Ballengee does a great job in his 7/7 LPGA radio show!]