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Published April 13, 2011
AMERICAN IDLE: In Jacksonville, Garry Smits wrote "instead of American stars with high expectations such as Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson, it's been the youth among international players who have taken charge" at golf's majors recently. Charl Schwartzel "became the third consecutive international player in his 20s to win a major," and Graeme McDowell won the U.S. Open last year "at the age of 30." Smits also noted international players have won "five of the last six" majors and "eight of the last 10" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 4/12). In Nashville, Joe Biddle wrote, "Professional golf has fallen victim to an international invasion." Foreign golfers "now hold all four majors" and have won "11 of 16 majors." Biddle: "Where are America's stars of the future?" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 4/12).
PLAYOFF EXPANSION ON HORIZON? On Long Island, Anthony Rieber notes MLB Commissioner Bud Selig last week in an interview with Sirius XM's Chris Russo said that "adding an extra wild card team in each league" and an "extra round to the postseason is possible starting in 2012." Selig: "We're working on that. I'm not sure where we are on that. I like the idea, but we've got a lot of details to work out." Rieber notes with the CBA "set to expire in December, adding two more playoff teams will be on the table." Rieber: "Expect it to get done" (NEWSDAY, 4/13).