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|Woods earned his second victory of the year with a playoff win over Els in Dubai.|
Annika Sorenstam, who will not play this week, is still the unquestioned top player in the game, with plenty of distance between her and the rest of the competitors.
But a bunch of young upstarts, led by Paula Creamer, aren't backing down. Creamer is just 19 and is coming off a Rookie of the Year season that saw her win twice. She will be joined by 17-year-old rookie Morgan Pressel, who finished tied for second at the U.S. Women's Open. And there is Cristie Kerr, who is finally coming into her own and is still not even in her prime.
And, of course, there is Michelle Wie, who -- as a nonmember -- may play just six LPGA events, plus the majors for which she is eligible.
Can Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, just 31, come back to challenge Sorenstam again? What about Se Ri Pak, who is seemingly burned out? Or Grace Park, who has the ability to win? There are so many questions, which should make for an interesting year in women's golf.
|Got a question about the PGA Tour? Ask ESPN.com golf writer Bob Harig, who will answer your inquiries in his column each week.
Q. Who is the best player to have won only one career major?
A. This probably depends on the time frame. If we are talking about active players, Davis Love III would be a good pick. He has 18 PGA Tour victories, including one major championship. No active player has more wins with so few majors. If we're talking all-time, Lanny Wadkins, with 21 wins and a single major (1977 PGA Championship), qualifies. So does Tom Kite, with 19 wins and a single major (1992 U.S. Open).
Q. Are PGA Tour professionals required to play in the pro-am during the week of a tournament?
A. Not all of them. There is a ranking system that determines the pro-am participants, and it goes off the prior year's money list. Hence, all of the top players are required to participate. If they don't, they can be disqualified from the tournament.
Q. Is Tiger Woods the only player to have won on the same golf course in the same year for two different tournaments (Pebble Beach Pro-Am and U.S. Open in 2000)?
A. Although the PGA Tour does not keep a record of such feats, there are at least two notable examples other than Woods. Jack Nicklaus did the same thing at Pebble Beach in 1972, winning the Pebble tournament and the U.S. Open. And in 1948, Ben Hogan won the Los Angeles Open and the U.S. Open at Riviera.
Bob Harig covers golf for the St. Petersburg Times and is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.