Elin Nordegren Woods

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Elin in her pre-Tiger bikini-modeling days, obviously.

I don't know what to make of what's unfolding now, with Tiger's car crash, and with all the rumors swirling on gossip sites whose devotion to accuracy is questionable at best. So I'll just wait until the facts come out. Best wishes to Tiger and Elin.


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Anna Nordqvist

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It was quite the rookie year for Anna Norqvist on the LPGA Tour in 2009: Her first professional victory was a major championship, the LPGA Championship. And her second was the LPGA's inaugural Tour Championship.

Nordqvist wound up second in the Rookie of the Year race, and cracked the Top 10 in the Player of the Year standings.

She's a player known for accuracy and great putting. Despite being a 6-footer, she is not known for distance, but that's something she plans to work on. Anna is pretty darn good as-is; if she adds some yards to those drives, watch out.


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Jodi Ewart

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Jodi Ewart finished sixth in the recent 2010 Duramed Futures Tour Qualifying Tournament, playing as an amateur, and finishing 4-under over the 90 holes of golf. She'll turn pro and join the Futures Tour around the middle of next year, at the conclusion of her senior year as a member of the women's golf team at the University of New Mexico.

Jodi, from England, will likely leave New Mexico as the greatest golfer in that program's history - if that's a title she hasn't already earned. She shares the school record for collegiate wins with LPGA Tour player Caroline Keggi. Jodi is the only golfer in conference history to win the Mountain West championship tournament in back-to-back years. She holds the school single-season record for scoring average, but is on pace in the 2009-2010 season to shatter her own record.

And in addition to all that, Jodi has led English teams in multiple international competitions, including the Curtis Cup.

In other words: She's good. Watch for Jodi on the pro tours beginning in 2010.


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Bo Bae Song

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Bo Bae Song is a young Korean golfer who has played mostly on the Japanese LPGA the past couple years. But she can play on the American LPGA in 2010 if she wants to, after winning the Mizuno Classic on Sunday. That victory get Song her tour card for next year.


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Joh, Mills Top Futures Tour Q-School

tiffany joh picturesCongratulations to Tiffany Joh (left), your 2009 Duramed Futures Tour Q-School champion. And to runner-up Danielle Mills (below) - Joh and Mills finished five and four strokes clear of the field, respectively.

Only the top 20 to 30 finishers received exempt status on the Futures Tour for 2010; as many as 275 players will get status of some level, but the exact numbers (and each player's status level) aren't determined until after LPGA Q-School finals next month.

The Top 20 should feel pretty good, however, and Joh and Mills are obviously exempt. Joh is playing in those LPGA Q-School finals next month, however, and if things go well there will be moving up to the big tour.

The effervescent Joh is destined for stardom - or at least minor celebrity - even if she never wins a tournament as a professional (but we'd put good money on her winning). Just check out her blog to get a sense of her ... um ... interesting take on life. Click on Tiffany's label at the bottom of this post (below the timestamp) to read more about her on Golf Babes.
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The Quebecois Mills turned pro earlier this year and got into three Futures Tour tournaments, finishing 18th in one of them. She played collegiately at Elon University, where she won one tournament. She also won the 2007 Quebec Women's Match Play Provincial Championship.

Check out the 2009 Futures Tour Q-School scores to see some more of the golfers we'll be seeing more of in 2010.


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Cover Model Cristie Kerr

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Cristie Kerr graces the cover of VIVmag's November/December issue in the shot above; down below is one of the images of Cristie that runs inside the issue.

This issue of VIVmag is the "Giving Back" issue, which makes Kerr a perfect subject: Her Birdies for Breast Cancer has been raising awareness - and money - for years.

"Golf is an obvious love of mine, but I have a number of other passions in my life – including fashion - which I know is shared among VIVmag women," Kerr says. "I am honored to be on the cover of VIVmag's annual 'Giving Back' issue because advocating for breast cancer awareness is a cause very close to my heart – an important message that will resonate with their readers who also are committed to wellness and awareness."

To read the VIVmag article about (and view more photos of) Kerr, visit vivmag.com/cristiekerr.

More Cristie Kerr pics on Golf Babes

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Paula Creamer Gets the Spirit

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Isn't Paula Creamer a little young to be captaining a United States team in an international team golf competition? No! No she's not! I can say that unequivocally because, in fact, this week Paula is captaining such a team - the American squad in the The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship.

The Spirit is played annually at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. This year 20 countries are represented, each sending two amateur men and two amateur women. Individual winners are crowned, but so are Team Champions (combined scores of a team's men and women) along with Women's Team and Men's Team champions.

Creamer was 17 when she played in the 2003 Spirit; she's 23 now as the captain. On her American team are Alexis Thompson, Jennifer Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Ben Martin.

Among the players who've caught The Spirit in the past are Lorena Ochoa, Minea Blomqvist, Na Yeon Choi, Paige Mackenzie, Jane Park, Hee Young Park and Yani Tseng. And lots of guys who are now notable pros, too. Pretty impressive for a tournament that has only been around since 2001.

By the way, the photo above of Creamer is from one of her past calendars for Golf Digest Japan. See more Paula Creamer pics here to view others.


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