This Week

March 09, 1998

March 4-10

PGA
Doral-Ryder Open, Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Miami
Colin Montgomerie makes his 1998 Tour debut, Greg Norman his
second appearance

Europe
Qatar Masters, Doha Golf Club, Qatar
Costantino Rocca, Ian Woosnam and Senors Ballesteros and
Olazabal top the marquee

Nike
Greater Austin Open, the Hills Country Club, Austin
Casey Martin mania: Requests for media credentials have jumped
from 29 in '97 to 167

PGA Tour
ANOTHER MAKEOVER FOR THE MONSTER

The grumbling began in 1993 when Greg Norman finished a
tournament-record 23 under par at Doral's 7,125-yard Blue Course
(above). The Blue Monster, as it was called, was starting to
resemble the kindly Cookie Monster. Enter three-time Doral champ
Raymond Floyd and his design partner, Ted McAnlis, who spent
most of 1996 feeding the Blue Monster heaping portions of Hazard
Helper. Floyd and McAnlis added 18 bunkers, bringing Big Blue's
total to 127, and trimmed the rough between the greens and water
hazards, inviting errant shots to roll into the drink. Result:
The field at the '97 Doral-Ryder Open averaged 72.8 strokes per
round, third highest among the nonmajors last year, and not
everybody loved Raymond. So Doral officials underwrote still
another makeover, including the removal of seven traps and the
return of the rough between six greens and their respective
water hazards. Six of the top 10 players in the World Ranking
have committed to Doral; Norman makes his first U.S. appearance
since the Mercedes Championships.
CBS, SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 4 PM

European Tour
Q: WOULD YOU PLAY THIS EVENT?

Of all the tournaments on all the tours, the Qatar Masters
offers the best Scrabble score this side of the Quad City
Classic. Alas, such trivial distinctions are all sunny Qatar can
offer in its inaugural year. The tournament not only runs
opposite Doral, but it also is located just 675 miles from a
real hot spot, Saddam Hussein's Baghdad.
GOLF CHANNEL, SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 9 AM

Nike Tour
This Circuit's Lone Star Rides Again

The Martinizing of golf continues in Texas, where Casey Martin
makes his posttrial debut at the Nike Greater Austin Open.
Martin will try to do as well in cart as he did in court. Don't
be surprised if his wheels elicit jealous stares from other
players--the terrain at the Hills Country Club is described by
the Golf Course Superintendents Association in three words:
Texas hill country.
GOLF CHANNEL, SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 1:30 PM

COLOR PHOTO: TOM HENEBRY [Blue Course at Doral Golf Resort]

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)