Talking Points: Amateur tops the pros



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Imagine you just finished runner-up at a professional golf tournament and still took home the winner’s prize check.

The big shiny trophy for winning the Canadian Women’s Open on Sunday went to 15-year-old Lydia Ko, who was playing the tournament as an amateur.

That means no matter how well you do, you’ll take home a prize check in the amount of $0.

So for finishing three shots back in second place, here ya go, Inbee Park — a check for $300,000.

Wrote Jonathan Wall of Yahoo Sports blog Devil Ball Golf: “We know, the rule seems incredibly unfair, but it’s been in place for years and will continue to be there until someone decides otherwise. Sadly, the Canadian Women’s Open has one of the biggest winner’s checks on the LPGA.”


Starting the final round of The Barclays on Sunday at Bethpage Black, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were tied for 10th at 4 under par, giving fans hope of a charge by the two greatest stars in American golf.

Good news: Woods and Mickelson are tied after three rounds.

Bad news: When the day ended, they were both beaten and bedraggled as each shot 5-over 76 to drop to a tie for 38th.

Of the 75 players who teed it up, only three shot worse scores in the final round than Woods and Mickelson.

For Woods, it continued his trend of poor weekend play in all four majors, and he made a beeline for the parking lot when he was finished without stopping for interviews.

— Newsday


As the U.S. Open serves up its first tennis ball this morning, the long range weather forecast for Flushing, N.Y., seems rather nice.

That has not stopped talk about when or if a roof might be added to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Four consecutive years of the men’s singles final on a Monday will do that.

In a briefing with reporters Sunday, USTA chief executive Gordon Smith reiterated a point he has made in the past: The technology does not yet exist to put a roof on top of the 23,700-capacity Arthur Ashe Stadium. But he is also confident that will change.

“I cannot tell you when that will be,” Smith said. “I can’t tell you what it will cost, though it will clearly be over nine figures.”

As long as we have something to look forward to. Right?

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