Kim lived up to the title of her book, "Swinging From My Heels." In the video I shot below, you'll see the amazing speed she generated while swinging on top of four-inch Rene Caovilla stilettos. (She bought them in Dubai, along with nine other pairs.)
At the party, Kim said the last two things she'd call herself are "author" and "athlete." I disagree, but I'd add "dull" and "demure" to that list.
Proving that veterans on the LPGA Tour still have game, Pak, an LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer, fearlessly made a birdie on the third playoff hole at the Bell Micro Classic to beat Suzann Pettersen and Brittany Lincicome. The five-time major champion had struggled through a winless drought for three (long) years, and called her win the best moment of her life.
And with her bogey on the second playoff hole, Pettersen increased her 2010 runner-up finishes to three. (A win would've have vaulted her up to No.1 on the Women's World Golf Rankings, but don't tell her that.)
And after spending weeks on the sideline with a thumb injury, Paula Creamer has announced a return to competition on June 17th, the first round of play at the LPGA's ShopRite Classic. She underwent surgery on her left thumb seven weeks ago. When I asked about how rigorous her practice schedule has been, she said hasn't touched a club since her surgery and doesn't know when she can start pounding balls.
With seasoned pros like Pak, young go-getters like Pettersen and Paula better wipe their brows and stay focused.
Footage of yesterday's round exposed Wie's new (weird) putting routine. She takes her stance, makes one (or two! or three!) practice strokes, and moves her putter to the ball without moving her feet.
"When you let your hands hang below you, your putter head will naturally guide your putter back and through," said Matt Rudy, Golf Digest's senior instruction writer. "By moving her hands up without moving her feet, she's probably manipulating the stroke."
Wie famously partnered with Dave Stockton last August, and under his tutelage she won her first LPGA Tour event as a professional. Stockton advises against taking practice strokes, so Wie's new routine seems to defy Stockton's golden rule.
More interestingly, footage of Wie's first round showed Dave Pelz following her and pumping his fists when she made a putt. So while nothing is certain about who's coaching Wie, Pelz is making his interest known.
In other news, Se Ri Pak, who hasn't won since July, 2007, and Brittany Lincicome are roaring up the leader board. Be sure to catch some live action this weekend on the Golf Channel from 4-6pm.
(Photo by Darren Carroll, Getty Images)
"Erica was a beautiful person, and that has nothing to do with her always talked-about looks. She loved to smile, laugh and poke fun at the friends around her. It was good natured, and making Erica laugh meant you accomplished something.
As everyone has encountered with the passing of a friend, there are moments you go back to; moments you regret. During the final round of the Masters, I was in Nevada around her stomping grounds, catching the end of the tournament. One of Erica's rules to golf viewing was 'the tournament has to include Tiger (Woods) or I'm not watching,' and lucky for me, he was in the field. We texted back and forth, and she offered me and my buddies a spot up at her house to catch the rest of the round. We ended up staying put. I sure wish now I would have flagged a cab.
I once asked Erica what she'd do if she stopped playing golf for a living. In typical Erica fashion, she pondered for a few moments, and then said with a big grin, 'Maybe a weather girl?' It was her being silly, something she always did incredibly well. She also did her job; she got me chuckling."
Cristie Kerr has been on a mission to increase breast cancer awareness since 2003, when her mother was diagnosed with the disease. In her latest endeavor, the 12-time winner on the LPGA tour has teamed up with Kwiat, a New York-based diamond company, to create a limited-edition collection of high-end necklaces and earrings, each set in 18-carat gold and accented with a pink sapphire.
"I love high-fashion and I've been supporting breast cancer research for so many years, so high-end jewelry seemed like a natural fit," said Kerr, at a launch event last Tuesday night on Madison Avenue. "Plus, my family grew up with the Kwiats, and they were excited to help."
The earrings come in two sizes (small, $3,425; large,
$6,600), as does the pendant (small, $2,150; large, $3,700), and ten percent of
every purchase goes towards Birdies for Breast Cancer, Kerr's breast cancer
research and awareness foundation. Interested fashionistas and breast cancer
activists can buy Kerr's Kwiat pieces immediately by shopping at Kwiat galleries in New York City and Las Vegas.
I chatted with Kerr during her launch event in New York City, and if the turnout was any indication of how successful her new collection will be, Birdies for Breast Cancer is about to become much more robust.