While the PGA Tour is gearing up for a major championship, the LPGA was having one, and neither tournaments disappointed. Who had a great week and one that hopefully will be forgotten? Read on in this edition of rips and shanks.
Anthony Kim: He was 72nd in the Shell Houston Open field in driving accuracy. He was tied for 50th in greens in regulation. The one stat he dominated? Putting, and in golf, that is the only one that matters. Kim's third PGA Tour victory couldn't have come at a better time, one week before the Masters, and continued the recent theme of big names taking home the trophy.
Yani Tseng: She's only 21, but Tseng has made a serious imprint on the LPGA. A one-shot victory at the season's first major means that in her last eight starts in majors, she has two wins and a second.
Vaughn Taylor: Sure, he lost in a playoff to Kim, but the Augusta native who attended Augusta State was one shot away from making it into the Masters field once again. Taylor's clutch 18-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole put pressure on Kim, who then missed his par putt, and passed the momentum to Taylor. It wasn't a win, but it was a great showing for a guy that hasn't won on tour since 2005.
Phil Mickelson: Nope, he isn't on this side of the list for his play. Lefty struggled yet again this week, finishing tied for 35th in Houston. It was what he did for Dr. Tom Buchholz, the radiation oncologist treating Phil's mom and wife for breast cancer. On Sunday, well out of the hunt, Phil invited Buchholz under the ropes to carry the bag for three holes. It was the type of gesture that makes it hard to dislike the guy. Now if only he could avoid making so many double bogeys (he made three on Sunday).
Rory McIlroy: After a week where McIlroy basically hung out at Augusta National, practicing and playing the course like we all dream of, Rory forgot that he actually had a tournament in Houston. A missed cut after two rounds over par means that in three stroke play events this season on the PGA Tour, McIlroy has yet to finish in the top 40.
Karen Stupples: In the hunt on Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco, Stupples stumbled. A 6-over 78 dropped her from 10-under to 4-under, nine shots back of Tseng and without another major trophy to go along with her 2004 British Open championship.
Ernie Els: After two wins in a row on the PGA Tour, Els confused many by announcing he'd be switching caddies for Augusta National. No word on how the decision is going over with either caddie, but it was apparent that something wasn't right this week. Els finished 44th, only the second time all season Ernie found himself out of the top-20.
Michelle Wie: A week after a penalty cost her two shots and a lot of respect due to some strange complaints post-round, Wie headed to the season's first major on a mission. A disappointing 27th place finish after a final round 78 meant that Wie will have to wait to put her hands on her first major trophy.
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