Sunday, April 05, 2009

This Year's Dinah Shore

The first LPGA major of the year and what a great run at the end! The final group of three were the main competitors through many holes, trading occasional errors but a lot of great shots. The killer in the end was the second shot on 18 ("the best shot of my life"), from Brittany Lincicome (23 years of age!), which set up an eagle that moved her past Kristy McPherson and Cristie Kerr.
What struck and delighted me was the spirit on that last hole. McPherson barely missed a birdie putt that would have sent the match into extra holes. Kerr sank a stunning putt from off the green that moved her into a potential tie should Lincicome miss her eagle putt.
Walking up to the 18th green together, Lincicome and McPherson both were high-fiving the gallery, and patting one another on the back. Kerr was following, and mutual congratulations were not held back as the match ended.
Thanks - this is how sport should be. No screaming infantile McEnroe or fist-pumping showboats.
One small point - it would be great if future parents could find consistent ways to spell Kristie. And yeah, I know it's not called the Dinah Shore anymore. But I do not see why I should change at this point.


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