Just a few quick bits across the desk this morning that I wanted to pass on before I get immersed into a day of feature writing.
In the Arizona desert…
Like it or not, Rickie Fowler always makes a splash with his wardrobe and he was even harder to miss on Saturday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
In support of the “green-out” initiative by Waste Management Rickie was decked out in a vivid shade of the colour courtesy of his clothing sponsors, PUMA Golf. And in keeping with Brian Gay’s headcover giveaway last year on the raucous 16th hole, Rickie flipped PUMA Golf lids to the crazed crowd.
And in Australia…
Yani Tseng made a huge leap in the Rolex Rankings with a win at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, an event on the Ladies European Tour. Tseng jumped three spots into second place overall. She might have moved all the way to first if current World #1 Jiyai Shin had not tied for second place at the event.
The current top fives reads: Jiyai Shin, Yani Tseng, Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen, and Na Yeon Choi.
Tseng won three times on the LPGA Tour last season including major championship victories at the Kraft Nabisco and RICOH Women’s British Open. She also won the P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart and added 2010 Rolex Player of the Year honors to a résumé that includes 2008 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors, five Tour victories (with three majors) and over $4.6 million in earnings in three seasons.
She continues her quest for world No. 1 at this week’s ANZ RACV Ladies Masters on the LET before teeing it up at the LPGA season-opening Honda LPGA Thailand. She will then go on to the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore before playing the inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix.