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San Francisco Golf Treats ( 8-12)
The backwards thing about the WGC-Accenture Match Play is that the most
compelling drama almost always occurs
on the first day when there are 32 winners, 32 losers and no such thing as an
upset. But you’ll have a hard time selling
that to the two finalists – England’s Luke
Donald and Germany’s Martin Kaymer.
Donald putted Kaymer off the course
in Sunday’s chilly final, 3 and 2, and
jumped up to No. 3 in the Official World
Golf Ranking. Kaymer, by advancing to
the last match, ascended to No. 1 on that
It’s impossible now to ignore that the
top four in the OWGR are all Europeans.
And it’s impossible not to beg the question: Whither American golf?
Relax, Yanks. These things go in
cycles. It wasn’t that long ago astute
observers were pointing out that no Euro
had won a major in the 21st century. Then
Padraig Harrington stared down Sergio
Garcia at the 2007 Open Championship at
Carnoustie. Then the floodgates opened.
Saturday’s two losing American
semifinalists were Matt Kuchar, who
can flat play with that flat swing, and the
stupefyingly-long Bubba Watson, who
wore a magnesium-alloy watch worth
$525,000 and talked about himself in the
Meanwhile, a 17-year-old Italian man-child named Matteo Manassero won two
matches, while former world No. 3 Tiger
Woods (who is almost twice Manassero’s
age) didn’t win anything.
Finally, in Asia, Karrie Webb held off
Yani Tseng’s early charge to stop Tseng’s
winning streak at four.