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IF IT ISN'T ONE THING, IT'S ANOTHER

March 06, 1995
March 06, 1995

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IF IT ISN'T ONE THING, IT'S ANOTHER

Skip Kendall's week at the Nissan Open was a memorable one, though
he would just as soon forget it.

This is an article from the March 6, 1995 issue

After his practice round on Monday, Kendall left the Riviera
grounds and was cruising leisurely down Sunset Boulevard in a
courtesy car provided by the tournament sponsor. ``I was kind of
zonin', checking things out,'' Kendall says. Unfortunately Kendall
didn't notice when the car in front of him stopped to make a left
turn. He crunched it. No one was hurt, but Kendall did some
serious damage to his shiny new Sentra. ``I called up the guy in
charge and said, `Bud, your car's only got 10 miles on it, but
it's not going any farther,' '' he says. Tournament officials were
understanding and gave him another car. ``I couldn't believe
that,'' says Kendall, 30, who has spent most of his eight years as
a pro on mini-tours and the Nike tour.

Late that night Kendall awoke in fantastic pain, though it was
unrelated to the possibility of having to cover the deductible on
the $16,000 Sentra's repair costs. ``It felt like someone was
stabbing me with a knife in my mouth,'' says Kendall. On Tuesday
morning Kendall had root canal for a toothache, which he says was
not caused by the crash, and he spent most of Wednesday trying to
recover. He shot a 283 to finish 46th. At least the early-week
disasters provided some perspective. ``I definitely found out
there are worse things than hitting bad golf shots,'' says
Kendall.

-- ALAN SHIPNUCK

COLOR PHOTO:JACQUELINE DUVOISIN Kendall may want to limit his driving to the golf course.[Skip Kendall]