Tutta Takes The Trophy
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/16/13
The golf course staff at Evian Resort in France might be the real stars of this past weekend's Evian Championship, but Norway's Suzann Pettersen was the ultimate winner on Sunday.
Following a four-inch deluge of rain that washed out an entire round, The LPGA and the course staff at Evian took a novel approach to the Saturday overnight rain-storm — they covered all of the greens with tarps, which reduced the delay to Sunday's round to just 90 minutes. Pettersen was neck-and-neck with 16-year-old amateur sensation Lydia Ko, all the way to the 18th green, where Pettersen held a two-shot lead.
"Brian [Dilley, her caddie] said, 'If Lydia lays up, we lay up.' I'm like, 'Okay.' She has a wood in her hand. She's going to go for it. For me, it was almost the perfect shot. I could just hit my stop shot and just hit a little fade with my hybrid. It's definitely become a very tough hole. This is what they want, for us to question what we're going to do."For "Tutta," this is win number four of 2013; she won in China in March, the LPGA Lotte in Hawaii in April, and the Safeway in Oregon just two weeks ago. This is major championship # 2 for Tutta, which moves her into #2 in the Rolex Rankings. Compounded by a smashing Team Europe victory at the Solheim Cup last month, she has had an excellent season for someone not named Inbee Park.
Ko To Go Pro?With a solo second at Evian and a second consecutive Canadian Women's Open championship a couple of weeks ago, Lydia Ko is the subject of increasing speculation about turning professional. Backing up her impressive performances this year is the fact that she and her parents have hired veteran caddie Mickey Millburn.
So the question seems to be when, not if, she seeks her LPGA tour card. Ko will turn age 17 on April 24, so one entirely plausible scenario has her waiting until then to seek the age-specific exemption she would need.
Helen Hangs It UpOne of Sweden's best-ever golfers not named Annika Sorenstam, Helen Alfredsson, announced her retirement from professional golf just prior to the start of the Evian. Among her 23 professional victories was the 1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore, while also playing in eight Solheim Cups, including Team Europe victories in 1992 and 2000.
Alfredsson has been married to retired NHL player Kent Nilsson, who helped the Edmonton Oilers win their third Stanley Cup in 1987 and currently scouts Europe for the Florida Panthers.
If ever she gets the urge to play in a tournament every once in awhile, it will be no problem since she is a life-member of the Ladies European Tour.
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It is hard to view the Evian as a major when it is reduced to 54 holes, played "lift, clean & place" and follows every other professional major for both men & women by several weeks. To top it off, the winner of this major professional championship had to fight off the challenge of a 16 year old amateur (admittedly an amazingly good amateur but still, an amateur).
They need to find a place for the Evian prior to Labor Day and start conducting it like every other major, 72 holes no matter what happens.
I agree with the 72-hole minimum, no excuse. The cut to 54-holes cheapens the win.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Fine point, especially since the next LPGA is in October in China. Possibly the resort already had paid bookings for after the tournament that they had to honor, making a Monday or Tuesday finish unworkable.
Two of my favorite players won, Suzanne and Zack, nice.
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