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Van Cynical Mailbag: Inbee Park sets sights on Grand Slam at St. Andrews

Inbee Park, Women's British Open 2013

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Inbee Park will attempt to win her fourth key in a row this week at the Women’s British Open at St. Andrews.

The females of the LPGA have played three official major championships so far this year, and Inbee Park has won all 3. She goes for quantity 4 this week at the Women’s British Open at St. Andrews, so by any reasonable regular she ought to be going for the Grand Slam. The only issue is the LPGA has awarded key status to one particular of its regular stops, the Evian in France. That may possibly or might not be a smart marketing and advertising move, but claiming to have 5 majors is just as bogus in women’s golf as it is in senior golf.

In truth let’s quit the debate appropriate now. Four majors in a row in one calendar year is a Grand Slam. End of story.

When Tiger Woods won 4 majors in a row, spread over two years, it was not a Grand Slam but a Tiger Slam or, in some corners, the Big Lebowski. It was a outstanding feat, anything that had in no way been done prior to. When Bobby Jones won his Grand Slam in 1930, two of the tournaments have been amateur match-play events.

So let’s not downplay what Park has a chance to do. She’s come out of nowhere, seemingly, as the LPGA’s dominant players have collapsed like a property of cards. Annika Sorenstam abruptly retired, Lorena Ochoa took over and then also retired, then Yani Tseng had a tremendous run and is now struggling with her game. Park, a Korean phenom, has come into her personal. She didn’t just win three majors, she created it appear effortless — so effortless that it does not seem she has any true challengers out there.

Who’s the second-very best player in women’s golf these days? Uhhh…

The narrative of golf has historically been much more interesting when there’s a dominant player on the scene, no matter whether it really is men’s or women’s golf. Park is the new ideal thing to come about to the LPGA, and winning the Grand Slam can only help. The debate about the Evian, silly as it is, at least gets the public and the media talking about the LPGA for the 1st time in years — a fact straight attributable to the reasonably unimpressive play of America’s very best women golfers. We never want to make up a new name for this. It really is a legit Grand Slam if Park wins this week. If she goes on to snag the Evian, also, we don’t have to invent a SorenSlam- or Tiger Slam-like tag for it such as Park-alooza, the QuInbee or Five Slamma Jamma.

4 majors are all you get. That’s what tradition says. You want the Evian to be a main? Then toss out the Wegman’s LPGA Championship, which is generally a lengthy-standing title that was bestowed on a regular tour event to preserve it from withering away to absolutely nothing. If Park wins this week, it’s a Grand Slam. Case closed.

Questions for the Van Cynical Mailbag:

Gary, Which BGNTWM cares the most? The least? — Floyd W. Harris via Twitter
If you imply Greatest Guy Never ever To Win a Significant, then your answer in the “least” category is Sergio Garcia, who is playing some decent golf but seems resigned to his fate and does not look to be in enjoy with golf anymore. Steve Stricker, who is semi-retired, is a close second. Who cares the most? That would be Lee Westwood, who knows he has a lot more game than a lot of guys who have won majors and surely does not want to be the second coming of Colin Montgomerie, a Euro tour icon who never ever got the large prize. Westwood downplays his main chase because that is what he has to do.

Van Sickle, When will Dustin Johnson get that left wrist fixed and stop blowing drives wide proper? That OB drive at the Canadian was over one hundred yards off-line. — MDA via Twitter
Never worry, DJ is getting Dr. Paulina Gretzky take a close appear at that wrist.

Van Cynical, If you had one final round of golf, would you play with the Kardashians or Ben Hogan? — Derek Lewis through Twitter
That is a challenging get in touch with. The Kardashians would offer you far better scenery but I’d go with Hogan. I’d like to see that shotmaking. Also, there would be no nasal whining. Well, not by The Hawk, anyway.

Vans, Given that the PGA Championship is dropping “Glory’s last shot,” what tagline would you replace it with? — Chad Rucker via Twitter
My nominees: Just Wait Until April Do not Mess With Club Pros Final Jeopardy The Dog Days of August But With no the Dogs Golf’s Ultimate Curtain Contact The Hottest Week in Golf The Fab Fourth or, You Gonna Finish That Pickle? Send me your suggestions. Possibly we can do far better.

Van Cynical, Could the membership at Augusta National ever be talked into hosting the Ryder Cup? — Chris Folds by means of Twitter
Properly, they were going to admit women members at “the point of a bayonet” and that eventually happened. By no means say never, but I’d say a Ryder Cup at Augusta National would be really unlikely. The club doesn’t reopen till mid-October, which is acquiring late to hold a Ryder Cup, as far as the hours of daylight accessible. You know what would be a fantastic match-play venue for the Ryder Cup? The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra. How significantly enjoyable would the island-green 17th hole be in match play with the Ryder Cup on the line? For fans, a lot of exciting. For players, not so significantly.

Vans, Why have so many younger Americans had a single big year and taken a step backward the subsequent? Like Bubba, Dufner, Keegan, and so forth. — Brian Rosenwald via Twitter
Every single story is various, but it is human nature to get complacent and let up following big achievement, particularly large monetary accomplishment. And that includes the endorsement money that comes along with winning a key. It is not just limited to Americans. Charl Schwartzel, Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen haven’t specifically lit up the sky given that they won majors, either. It really is just a challenging league, man — it’s virtually sufficient to make you begin Dufnering. Tours and News RSS Feed

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