RECORDS: The American with the most Ryder Cup points? Billy
Casper (23 1/2).
GREG NORMAN: Since his Tour debut in 1979, he has averaged more
than $49,000 per start.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR? Karrie Webb has had 18 top 10 finishes in 21
U.S. AMATEUR: Back to obscurity. NBC's ratings were down 79%
from Tiger III.
September 21, 1997
PRODIGY: FORGET TIGER. The fastest-success story is Larry
Nelson's. He started playing golf in 1969 and won his first Tour
event, the Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic, only 10 years later.
ENDORSEMENTS: Kristi Hommel, whose claim to fame is that she
caddied for her boyfriend, Steve Scott, in last year's U.S.
Amateur, has signed an equipment deal with Lynx. That ought to
make the LPGA players real happy.
TIGER TRAP: Stopping him is easy. Just grow the rough. Woods
ranks 95th in driving accuracy.
DAVID DUVAL: In March, when he ranked ninth on the money list,
he seemed a lock to qualify for the 30-man Tour Championship.
Now he's 31st.
TOM WATSON: Believe it or not, the first course he has designed
will open near Kansas City in 2000.