Professional Ladies Golf is a Revelation!

Peter HughesSenior Analyst IAugust 2, 2008

Sunningdale Golf Club (established in 1900) is located just west of London and this week is host to The Rioch Women's British Open Championship, with contenders for the title hailing from all quarters of the world.

The Old Course at Sunningdale has been the venue for scores of male events over the years, has a par of 72 and the ladies in almost perfect weather have been really "burning it up."

The real eye-openers are those who come from Japan, China, and Korea. Most are really flyweights, to use a boxing idiom, quite small in stature, yet off the tee they hit the ball a proverbial mile.

It is all achieved by perfection in the swing combined with perfect timing. Therein lies a lesson for most males who believe length is obtained by pure muscular effort.

Another attribute is the ability to get down in two from off the green and when on the putting surface in regulation to leave the first putt absolutely dead.

Veteran Juli Inkster is in the process of repeating Greg Norman's performance in The Open Championship in July, but there can be little doubt, come Sunday she will go one step further if in the Aussie's position going into the final round.

Japan's Yuri Furdoh and Korea's Ji-Yai Shin, well in contention, are sure to make Juli go the final mile.

Luara Diaz caught the eye yesterday by creating a new record in Ladies Professonal Golf in making 3 eagles during the round.

It is fascinating to watch her swing. It's absolute perfection in every way, although at the apex, just prior to commencing the downswing, her head moves rapidly towards her right shoulder.

Shades of the late, great Irish amateur, James Bruen. His loop at the top of the backswing was the talk of the golfing world during the 1940s.

One slight observation has been the length of time for some contestants this week to complete 18 holes (almost five hours) and this could be attributed to the male tours where this was instigated some years ago.

Thank goodness, Bernhard Langer's former caddy, Pete Coleman, is on Yuri Furdoh's bag. He is forcing her to keep moving at all times!

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