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Long Island will embrace LPGA


        Sure, you're skeptical now. I was a little cynical when I was at the final of the Sybase Match Play Championship Sunday (after a 2 hour, 30 minute drive to get there). Sun Young Yoo vs. Angela Stanford wasn't exactly Ohio State-Michigan or Yankees-Mets or Tiger Phil on the matchup scale.

            But it was darned interesting. And Yoo, while not a household name outside of her parents' household in Seoul where she lives when she's not on the road, was a charming and gracious champion. To all those who inveigh against the lack of personalities on the LPGA Tour, I say Yoo has more personality than, say Christie Kerr.

            The point is that Long Islanders will enjoy the U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack in Southampton three years from now. Sebonack alone, with its striking water views and glimpses of National Golf Links, is worth seeing. But the golf will be worth watching too.

             And Long Island, the cradle of American golf, will enjoy an annual LPGA Tour event at Sebonack if that comes to fruition (it is the intention of the tour's commissioner, as you read in Barbara Barker's story from the Sybase last week).

            I give Stanford credit for, even as she was needling me for being the umpteenth reporter to ask the same question, admitting that it would be great for sponsorships if an American player were No. 1 in women's golf. Good for her for acknowledging that she tried as hard as she could.

            She knows that it's on American players and the geniuses such as David Leadbetter and Hank Haney, to work harder so that the U.S. can become competitive in women's golf. But when you get the chance, you'll see that the LPGA is more interesting that you thought it was.


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