Yip(e)s! Tom Watson is statistically the second-best putter on
Tour, behind David Toms.
Style Points: Tiger Woods has made Mr. Blackwell's best-dressed
Worry Wart: Tommy Horton, the leading money winner on the
European Senior tour, wonders about the effects of Woods's
lifelong immersion in golf. "My biggest fear is that he's going
to be a very strange person by the time he's 40."
Royal Pain: Scott Hoch, who detests the British Open (he once
called St. Andrews "a piece of s---"), has a new Yonex contract
requiring him to play the auld Open each year.
March 2, 1998
Top Dollars: According to public records, LPGA commissioner Jim
Ritts earns $418,571 a year--116% more than his predecessor,
Charlie Mechem, made but almost $1.3 million less than PGA Tour
head Tim Finchem's salary.
More Money: There's a new $1 million bonus for any player who
can win the Loch Lomond World Invitational and then the British
Open the following week.
Triple Play: Our Ryder Cup captain, Ben Crenshaw, on the birth
of his third daughter, Anna, in early February: "Now I have a
sleeve of girls."
April Tools: As of April 1, if you want metal spikes on your
Foot-Joys, you'll have to place a special order.
Full Ride: David Fay, executive director of the USGA, says Casey
Martin can ride in the U.S. Open, preferably in a one-man cart.
Hoof Beats: Walkers on the Senior tour have an average score of
71.4, while riders average 73.1, according to GolfWeek.