Is it her hair? Her eyes? Her smile? Is there something in her posture that wakens a memory? Is it the girlish wave? Her purposeful stride? Is it the way she swings the club? The way she comes up on her toes at impact? The way her ponytail flies on the follow-through? Or is it simply the place she comes from -- her country, her language -- as different from ours as night and day? Does her taste for cashmere and preference for pastels evoke another era? Is she (figuratively, at least) walking in someone else's shoes?The camera can answer many, if not all, of these questions. For each tandem portrait in this gallery, we asked a young LPGA star to pose with one of the game's iconic figures. The draw was anything but random.
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The exuberant Christina Kim is a one-woman carnival, but she isn't the first to combine deft shotmaking with daffy demonstrations. Tour pixie emerita Amy Alcott dived into an 18th-hole pond to celebrate the second of her three Kraft Nabisco Championship victories, establishing a tradition while roiling the ducks.
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Natalie Gulbis is the LPGA's reigning bunker babe, so her star turn in the 2005 Solheim Cup got less attention than her cheesecake calendars and eponymous television show. That comes as no surprise to Jan Stephenson, the original LPGA calendar girl, who won three majors and 13 other tour events while standing up to critics who thought glamour and sex appeal had no place in women's sports.
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When cheerleader-pretty Paula Creamer won the 2005 Sybase Classic four days before her high school graduation, she became the youngest winner in LPGA history. Creamer quickly followed up that triumph with another LPGA title, two wins in Japan and a spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup team -- eerily evoking the deeds of the game's alltime leading winner, Kathy Whitworth, who joined the LPGA right out of high school and went on to win 88 tournaments and seven player-of-the-year awards.
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If you're over 40, it's impossible to watch 2006 player of the year Lorena Ochoa without thinking of Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez. They both have dark features and unorthodox swings, and Ochoa's breakthrough season (six victories, six runner-ups and the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average) suggests that she has enough game to reprise Lopez's amazing 17-win burst of 1978 and '79.
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Made In Japan
Rookie Ai Miyazato, 21, has a huge following in Japan, where she won 11 JLPGA tour events in two years. Pursued everywhere by a pack of Asian journalists, she looks for advice to Hiroshima-born Ayako Okamoto, winner of 17 LPGA and 45 international tournaments and the first international player to win the Rolex Player of the Year Award.
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There's nothing coy about Morgan Pressel. She couldn't hide her annoyance when she failed to make the cut at the 2001 U.S. Women's Open -- she was 13 -- and she's just as determined now that she's a seasoned pro at 18. Pressel's unbridled zest for competition invites comparison with the full-bore style of JoAnne Carner, who won five U.S. Amateur titles and played on four Curtis Cup teams before turning pro at 30 and bagging 43 LPGA wins.
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