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My Oh My- Ji Young Oh wins the Sybase Classic

The twenty-year-old from South Korea defeated Suzann Pettersen by four shots. Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer tied for 3rd six shots back.

This was Oh’s second LPGA win ever. She won the State Farm Classic in a playoff last July over Yani Tseng. I think this win shows Oh is more than a one tournament wonder.

Today’s finish was much closer than the four-stroke margin of victory would show it to be. After 11 holes Pettersen and Oh were tied for the lead. Then Pettersen made bogey at the 12th. For the next four holes Oh and Pettersen matched pars. Then at the 17th, Pettersen missed a two-foot par putt.

At the 18th Oh made her first birdie of the back nine while Pettersen came apart on the par 5 finishing hole. The Norwegian golfer who after winning 5 LPGA tournaments in 2007 and has come up winless since, has problems controlling her frustration or temper on the golf course at times. She didn’t just play the 18th hole poorly, but walked off to the 18th tee before Oh was finished putting out at the 17th green. That’s not proper golf etiquette.

Any golf nut besides myself notice Oh has stopped wearing her glasses? Someone dig out the record books* for when a LPGA golfer won a tournament without eyeglasses when she donned eye gear at her previous win.

I’m sticking to my prediction that Michelle Wie is going to win this year on the LPGA Tour. She wasn’t really a factor today. She to within 3 strokes of the lead after 11 holes but then put one in the water at the 12th to take herself out of contention. Still Wie is getting results, and soon enough she’ll put it all together for one week.

Kraft Nabisco winner Brittany Lincicome continues to finish well. She didn’t have a good weekend(72-77 for Saturday and Sunday) at the Sybase, but her comeback from a disastrous 2008 outing continues. Her sixth place finish is a definite boost for Brittany’s quest to make the Solheim Cup team again.

*- I’m being sarcastic. Some people were making hay out of Lorena Ochoa wearing a skirt earlier this year.

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