10 parting thoughts from a hectic but successful U.S. Women’s Open
By Alan Shipnuck
BEDMINSTER, N.J. — With apologies to my esteemed colleague Jon Wertheim, here are 10 parting thoughts from the U.S. Women’s Open.
1. Koreans have now won seven of the last 10 U.S. Women’s Opens—and they occupied the top four spots on the leaderboard this year, while the low American was New Jersey’s own Marina Alex, who tied for 11th. Cristie Kerr had an outside shot heading into Sunday, as she was tied for eighth five shots off the lead, but Kerr made five bogies during a 75 that sent her skidding to 19th place. What does she make of the Korean’s dominance in women’s golf’s most important tournament? “We’re outnumbered, simple as that,” she says. Uh, not exactly. The LPGA has 27 active players from Korea, and nearly three times as many from the U.S. At the Open, there were 54 Americans in the field to 28 Koreans. It may be more of a function of which athletes are drawn to the sport from their respective countries. The best jocks among young American girls can aim for the bright lights of the WNBA or the big money of tennis or the national adoration of the U.S. women’s soccer or water polo team, among many other options. Says Kerr, “In Korea, you play golf or you’re a student. That’s it.” So is there any hope for American golf at the Open? “I gotta have more babies, clearly,” Kerr says.
2. Setting everything else aside, the sitting President of the United States spent 2.5 days at a women’s golf event and sent a half dozen tweets about it that were beamed around the world. Pretty amazing.