Monday, July 16, 2007

Jamie Farr Classic – Epilogue

Se Ri Pak’s five victories in the Jamie Farr Classic equals the mark shared by Annika Sorenstam (twice, in the Samsung and Mizuno events) and Mickey Wright (in the Sea Island open nearly 50 years ago). In her career she has played the event 11 times, collecting nearly $1 million.

Morgan Pressel managed to play nine holes of golf Sunday with every shot televised (except for two or three on 18, thanks to “technical difficulties”) without emitting one of her patented shrieks. She could be heard talking to her ball a couple of times, but even there she was strangely silent most of the time.

If Pressel had won, it would have been the first time a player had won while recording a Sunday ace since Jimin Kang did it at the 2005 Corning Classic.

In-Kyung Kim’s seven birdies to start the third round tied an LPGA record and her 27 on that front nine tied a record for lowest raw score for nine holes.

Carri Wood has been to Q-school 13 times in her career. She probably has an ulcer (or at least acid reflux) from that experience.

Laura Davies has never been to St. Andrews. I don’t know what is more amazing – that Laura has never taken the time to go there, or that the R&A has never considered it appropriate to invite the greatest female British golfer of all time to play its course. I hope she wins there next month just for spite.

Terry Gannon mentioned that ESPN2’s technical difficulties were due to some power problem in the Northeast. Evidently ESPN houses its video servers and controls its video replays back at the home base in Bristol, Connecticut, because they did not show any of the missed action on 18 once they were back on air. Funny, the power problems didn’t keep the commercials or bottom-line promo bar from working. I guess those power problems were somewhat isolated.

One thing we did get to see at 18 – while waiting for Pressel to finish up, Pak’s caddy T.J. accidentally boinked her on the chin with the flagstick. Se Ri kept rubbing her chin during interviews and while in the scorer’s tent.

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