Player of the week
Matteo Manassero. The 20-year-old Italian has quickly made a name for himself on the European Tour, but he had never won until the BMW PGA Championshipl Sunday, when he triumphed in a playoff. He’s accustomed to setting records: Manassero was the youngest British Amateur winner at 16, and had been the youngest to ever make the cut at the Masters, until 14-year-old Tianlang Guan lowered the mark this year. Manassero’s latest feat gives him four European Tour victories, one in each of the past four years. It also automatically gets him into next month’s US Open at Merion.
Short work of it
To help attract newcomers to golf, Jack Nicklaus suggested a few years ago the establishment of 12-hole courses, which would reduce, for many, the time it takes to play a round of golf. The LPGA Tour was forced to use a 12-hole course over the weekend, with flooding in the Bahamas reducing the Ocean Club course into more ocean and not enough course. Ilhee Lee didn’t seem to mind. She closed with a 5-under 42 — sounds strange, doesn’t it? — on the final day to win the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, her first tour victory. Don’t count on the 12-hole “course” catching on at the professional level any time, soon, though.
With 11 team titles in 13 tournaments, the men’s team at California is closing in on what many are calling the most successful season in the history of college golf. The Bears are hoping to end it in style this week, at the NCAA championships near Atlanta. They arrived with their five top players separated by less than a shot in stroke average (70.1 to 71.0), and all five have won individual titles this season. Going into the final stroke-play round on Thursday, Cal is in second place, and should safely be one of the eight teams to move on to match play. At that point, it’s anyone’s guess how the tournament will play out, since stroke-play dominance means next to nothing come match play.
Quote of the week
“The Sergio-Tiger thing, I mean, it’s stupid. Do guys have an issue with one another? They usually resolve it themselves. I think they both finally said, ‘It’s enough. Let’s move on.’ ” — Jack Nicklaus