With a host of sites already covering Lincicome's win--in order of usefulness, Hound Dog LPGA, LPGA.com, Golf Babes, LinksLifeGolf, and ProGolfTalk--let me close with a few other observations.
- It didn't seem like Ya Ni Tseng's or Karrie Webb's week, what with Tseng's shoulder injury and Webb's weak finishes the 1st 2 rounds that offset great starts each day, but both closed strong with 65s yesterday that vaulted them into the top 10. Tseng hit every fairway and every green, while Webb took only 24 putts!
- How due is In-Kyung Kim for another win? After firing a 5-birdie 32 on the front, she couldn't buy one on the final 9, despite spinning out 2 in a row and giving herself lots of good looks. Even so, she's 2nd to Ya Ni Tseng in scoring average and birdie rate and leads the tour in top 10 rate, having gotten there 5 times in 6 starts this season. How well has she been playing in the last calendar year? Well, she's finished outside the top 25 only twice in her last 20 events, during which she's garnered 15 top 10s and 10 top 5s (3 of which came in the last 3 majors). It's amazing she's won only once in that stretch!
- Anna Nordqvist and Catriona Matthew impressed me this week. A few fewer mistakes by either of them and we could easily have seen a European win this week. Coupled with Maria Hjorth's sizzling 65 to match Tseng and Webb for low round of the day and Melissa Reid's win on the LET, the European Solheim Cup team is looking pretty formidable.
- There were more positive signs this week from my fave Ai Miyazato. With only 2 missed fairways all week, her driver seems to be back on track. She missed too many greens and made too many bogeys to put herself in contention, but she's starting to make birdies in bunches again. I'm very curious to see how she does on the JLPGA later this week!
- Speaking of comebacks and better driving from an '06er, how about Brittany Lang's top 10 this week? She bounced back in the final round from an early double with 4 birdies in her last 12 holes. It's about time she secured her spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup team, don't you think?
- What do you do when you miss the cut? If you're Morgan Pressel, you shoot a 63 at Bayonne! Expect to see a lot of fireworks later this week at the State Farm....
- I really liked Helen Alfredsson in the booth on Golf Channel this week, and she got better each day. Would love to hear more from her down the road!
[Update 1 (10:50 am): Here's Hound Dog's epilogue.]