Sunday, July 24, 2011

Evian Masters 2011, days 4 and 5

Second round, done! It's gonna be quite a tough weekend, full of emotions and with pretty odd weather conditions, which will surely make the girls play they're best. Outside the ropes, the LPGA Global Media Awards...

On Friday I followed Matthew, Recari and Creamer. Matthew is one of those players that makes it two, three, four birdies in a row, when she's hot there's no way to stop her!

Reacari had a double bogey on the first hole, kind of a nightmare, she four putted; nonetheless, she fought till the end but couldn't make the cut.

Creamer can be pretty inconsistent at times, specially with the putter, but she's getting there people, it's just matter of time. Whe she finds the way to make it work, well, beware, seriously!

Now, the LPGA Global Media Awards were great. Paula Creamer, Azahara Muñoz and Juli Inkster were there. Actually, Inkster was given the Media Appreciation Award for being such a trooper with media and making our work a lot easier!

In the Player Profile category, Bill Fields won the award with "The young and the restless" published on Golf World. In Column/Blog, Golfweek's senior writer, Beth Ann Baldry won with "Dollars and Degrees".

It was an awesome night, all of the hot shots were there, both from the Evian Masters and the LPGA. Here's a complete list of winners.

The third round was awesome too, lots of emotions and a pretty crowded field. The back nine will define the winner; it's possible to birdie the last four holes, but you must have a super approach shot or you'll leave with a bogey!

I followed Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer and I have 2 conclusions: 

1. Cristie is amazing with the putter, if there's anyone out here who knows how to play on the green, that's her.
2. Paula might be in trouble around the green but a good chip and run may take her to red numbers, she's pretty good with the short game.

I might brag more about it and give you my thoughts, but there's a lot of places you'll fin that, like this one, so let me tell you something else...

The Evian Masters people took me to the gala dinner, it was amazing, with players, sponsors, LPGA and LET people, and a pretty small press group.

The menu was awesome: entree buffet, lamb for the main course and another buffet, this time: desserts. Great ambiance, lots of laughs and to seal the deal: fireworks.

I have no doubt that in 2013, when this event becomes a major, they'll spare no expense, although, I'm not sure how that could be possible, because it's already superb!
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