By Gregory Crawford----TV, Print and Radio Golf Analyst @wchoops @crawssportsbiz
Matt Kuchar----After the stunning loss by Matt Kuchar today in a playoff with Matt Jones at the Shell Houston Open, can you take Kuchar out of one the favorites pack at this week's Masters. I say so, as this was a stunner, after Kuchar has a big lead at times during the tournament and is a seasoned enough veteran to keep that lead.
If you are looking for somewhat of dark horse to win the Masters, go with Jason Day, who always seems to come up big in major championships.
Lexi Thompson---Congrats to the 19 year old star on winning her fourth LPGA title today, this one is the big one, the Kraft Nabisco, the first LPGA major of 2014, with four more to follow.
Thompson now will most certainly take the title as the next women's super star to come along, having won before, but there is just something special about a first major.
Portland Classic----The oldest consecutive non-major championship on the LPGA Tour seems to be in a state of flux at present. The event is to be played on August 28th-31st, but as of today has no title sponsor and no golf course.
There has been some buzz this past week that the world famous group that runs the event, Tournament Golf Foundation is close to getting a sponsor, but everyone is silent at this time. Obviously after getting a sponsor wrapped up the next move it secure a golf course. Last year, the event which for 17 years was known as the Safeway Classic, moved back to Columbia Edgewater. The previous four years, the Safeway Classic was held at the world famous Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek course.
This is a tremendous event for the state of Oregon/SW Washington sports and it needs stability, needs it quick. Here is hoping for a long term commitment from a title sponsor and at the same time a return to the iconic North Portland, Columbia Edgewater course. Standby, we will be all over this story in the coming weeks.
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