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June 08, 2009
June 08, 2009

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June 8, 2009

GOLF PLUS
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Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NBA FINALS PREVIEW
  • They've reached the Finals by making the defending NBA champs and the team with the league's best record (and MVP) disappear. Now, for the shocking big finish, can Dwight Howard and improbable Orlando vanquish Kobe's Lakers?

  • In one expert's view, Los Angeles's deep and rangy frontcourt will prove to be the difference

WNBA PREVIEW
STANLEY CUP FINALS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
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MY BAG

This is an article from the June 8, 2009 issue

FOR THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

Kenny Perry

"I've been playing with the Rescue club, but I won with the five-wood last year, so I might put it back in the bag."

FAIRWAY METALS
TaylorMade
Burner (14.5° and 17.5°)
Shafts
Fujikura
Reax Tp 75

PUTTER
Ping
G2i Craz-E

IRONS
TaylorMade
(Four through pitching wedge) R7

Shafts
FST
KB Tour (stiff)

BALL
Titleist
Pro V1X

DRIVER
Taylor Made
R9 460 (9.5°)
Shaft
Matrix
Ozik F7M2 (X flex)

WEDGES
TaylorMade
RAC (56° and 64°)
Cleveland
CG 14 (60°)
Shafts
True Temper
Dynamic Gold S400

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THIS WEEK'S MAIN EVENT

THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

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Tiger Woods (remember him?) will be among those dodging the thunderstorms that seem to frequent central Ohio this time of year, but old No. 1's first start since a disappointing Players won't exactly be a subplot. For something off center screen, look for Chris Wilson, a native of Dublin, Ohio (the home of Muirfield Village), and a former Big Ten champ at Northwestern who'll be making his Tour debut. The 24-year-old is a Hooters tour player—he won the Stoneybrook West event in February—and he earned a sponsor's exemption by writing a letter that described the moment that made him want to be a golfer: watching Paul Azinger sink a final-hole bunker shot to beat Payne Stewart at the '93 Memorial.

Jack vs. Arnie, Again

How do Jack Nicklaus's and Arnold Palmer's PGA Tour--hosting courses match up? Arnie's Bay Hill has had more winners who were in the top 10 at the time of their victory (nine to eight), but Jack's Muirfield Village does better in winner's average rank (see chart). Since 1976 Memorial (22) is second only to the Players (24) in producing champs who are also major winners. Kenny Perry, who's had two majors slip through his fingers, has won the Memorial three times.

—Compiled by Sal Johnson

PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONPHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SI IMAGING: FRED VUICH (BALL, CLUBS AND BAG), ERICK W. RASCO (DRIVER)PHOTOCARYN LEVY/PGA TOUR/GETTY IMAGES (PERRY)CHARTSLIM FILMSPHOTOBETTMANN/CORBIS (ARNIE AND JACK)