Monday, February 27, 2006

Golf and the "X - Y" Factor

Baby with IpodGolf for Beginners Podcast 02-26-06 takes listeners deep inside the Battle of the Sexes debate.

The latest Golf for Women Magazine recently surveyed men and women to hear their thoughts on this ongoing debate but Barry and I put our own spin on this "Adam versus Eve" battle. As more women learn the sport it doesn't appear as if this conflict will ever be solved but it sure is fun talking about it!

In our Tour Talk section we discuss the elimination of the top golfers from the Accenture Match-Play Championship this past weekend. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were downed early in the tournament and Ernie Els didn't even make it past day-one. Vijay Singh had no better luck.

In fact Australian Geoff Ogilvy creamed Davis Love III in the finals to join Craig Parry as the only other "down-under" golfer to ever win at the World Golf Championships. On his way towards the finale Ogilvy had to defeat such top golfers as Michael Campbell (U.S. Open winner), Mike Weir (Masters), Tom Lehman (British Open) and finally Davis Love III (PGA Championship).

"Unbelieveable!" Ogilvy exclaimed. "It's such a hard tournament to believe you're going to keep going. I got lucky the first four days and the last two games I played very well."

Ogilvy takes home a huge paycheck of $1.3 million but more importantly Ogilvy moves into the top thirty on tour and has a chance to play in the season-ending Tour Championship.

In LPGA news, Michelle Wie strutted her stuff at the Fields Open in her hometown of Oahu. Although she didn't win, Wie showed the world that at sixteen she is more than capable of holding her own alongside of the best female golfers in the world. While Meena Lee and Seon Hwa Lee duked it out on extra holes, Morgan Pressel came in with a disappointing eleventh place finish alongside of Paula Creamer. Although Natalie Gulbis led early on, she just couldn't keep the lead, finishing in a tie for fourth place with Lorena Ochoa. Both of these ladies now have their second top-ten this season.

Wie takes home her first professional paycheck of over $73K. She also gets to show off her new diamond-encrusted Omega watch given to her as part of her latest endorsement deal. I wonder what the kids at her high school will think of it?

At least we know that Wie is thrilled with her new Omega. Here is what the 16-year-old was thinking about during her final round. She was asked, "How closely were you following what was going on at the end there with the leaderboard and the changes?"

Michelle Wie's reply sounded typically teenage. "Not really that closely. Basically I was checking out what time it was. My watch is so cool. I was asking my caddie, 'Do you know what time it is?' The scoreboard, I didn't pay that much attention to."

We also discuss the latest magnetic bracelets and give you our opinion of these products, including the one we tried out, the Trion-Z bracelet. A written review will be available at The Sand Trap in a few weeks (probable review date is March 17th). More audio reviews to come. Not to give anything away but I have some new Adams Idea Hybrid OS Irons in my bag…

Also make sure to tune in for our latest golf tips, served up fresh weekly by Barry. He is always working on his game and shares his tips for playing smarter, not harder. Putting tips for saving strokes are also discussed.

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