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A Cinderella Story

Sophia Popov, a 27-year-old German ranked 304th in the world, won the Women’s British Open on Sunday by firing two weekend rounds of 67-68.

If you watched her final round on Sunday (I did), you saw a golfer in total control of her game, her emotions and the elements.  Despite a bogey on the first hole, she hit almost every fairway, almost every green, and putted like an angel was sitting on her shoulder.

It was a great performance in the circumstances and I hope she goes on to win a lot more. The women’s game needs some new heroes and some new blood. Remember the name: Sophia Popov. She’s got game.

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Oh…oh…oh…I love this story!

They had a professional golf tournament this week down in Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Open.  Not part of any tour, just the annual city championship. 

But of course, a lot of currently unemployed Tour pros live in and around Scottsdale, so the field was loaded.

You had Joel Dahmen, Kirk Triplett, Kevin Streelman, Colt Knost and others. 

So who won? 500 to 1 shot Zach Smith, that’s who.  Recent grad of UC-Santa Barbara, he shot 62-67-62 and won by three. His reward? A nice fat check for $20,000.

I’m told that over in Vegas, nobody bought his ticket. Too bad: just a $40 bet would have won you the same amount of money that Zach took home with his giant check.

Love this story!

What PGA Tour Pros Really Think

Two golf writers I know fairly well, John Huggin and Dave Shedloski, did a survey for Golf Digest asking 46 PGA Tour pros a series of questions.  No names were used—just percentages of answers and some anonymous comments. Fair enough.

But some of this is interesting stuff. Let’s dive in.

You get to choose one tour pro to be on your side in a bar fight. Who are you picking?

Ernie Els: 27.5 percent
Jason Kokrak: 10 percent
Scott Stallings: 7.5 percent
Gary Woodland: 7.5 percent
Ricky Barnes: 5 percent

Tony Finau: 5 percent
Brooks Koepka: 5 percent

I have no beef with any of those answers. But speaking of beef, I would have included Andrew “Meat” Johnston in my list. Big fella. Might be useful in a bar fight.

Will Tiger Woods win a major in 2020?

Yes: 60 percent
No: 40 percent

I’m in the “no” camp.  Surprise me.

Will Tiger be competitive in the Masters until he’s 60?

Yes: 46 percent
No: 26 percent
Don’t know: 28 percent

You’ve got to be kidding, right? Tiger is a great player, one of the best ever. He’s also barely hanging on, with some duct tape, AAA batteries and the finest pharmaceuticals money can buy, to his physical capabilities to play golf at the highest levels. No, he won’t be a factor at the Masters or anywhere else when he’s 60. Or 50.

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