This Week

November 23, 1998

November 18-24

PGA
World Cup of Golf, Gulf Harbour Country Club, Auckland, New
Zealand
Odd couple John Daly and Scott Verplank could use the luck of the
'97 champion Irish

LPGA
LPGA Tour Championship, Desert Inn Golf Club, Las Vegas
Defending champion Annika Sorenstam is looking to repeat as
player of the year

Amateur
World Amateur Team, Club de Golf Los Leones and Club de Golf La
Dehesa, Santiago, Chile
The best four-man squad gets to keep the Eisenhower Trophy until
the year 2000

PGA Tour
Daly to Play Sock-'er Style

As far as World Cups are concerned, the game of hooligans has a
huge edge on the game of mulligans. Soccer's showcase is the
world's No. 1 sporting event. Golf's World Cup is a late-season
afterthought, though it is a venerable one that dates to 1954.
Fred Couples and Davis Love III resuscitated the 32-team event
with four straight wins from 1992 to '95, but Boom Boom and 3D
will be no-shows this year. That may cede Worldly glory to John
Daly and Scott Verplank. The U.S. team's blond bombers will be
gunning for defending champs Padraig Harrington and Paul
McGinley of Ireland and '97 medalist Colin Montgomerie of
Scotland.
FOX, SATURDAY, 2 PM; SUNDAY, 4:30 PM

LPGA
For Sorenstam, A Show Means a Win

Going into the season-ending PageNet LPGA Tour Championship at
the Desert Inn Golf Club in Las Vegas, Annika Sorenstam leads Se
Ri Pak by $215,000 in the LPGA money hunt. First place this week
is worth $215,000. Still, there will be no dead heat in the
desert because there's no cut at the Tour Championship. Sorenstam
needs only to show up to claim a guaranteed $8,700. The money
chase may be over, but a Pak victory at Desert Inn combined with
a poor showing by Sorenstam might turn the player of the year
race into a photo finish.
ESPN2, SATURDAY, 4 PM; ABC, SUNDAY, 4 PM

Amateurs
Yanks Favored in Four

Teams from a record 59 nations have entered the biennial World
Amateur Team Championship, a four-day, 72-hole event in which
each four-man squad gets to erase its worst round every day. The
U.S. roster reads like a who's who of amateur golf: '97 U.S.
Amateur champion Matt Kuchar (above); his successor, Hank
Kuehne; Walker Cupper Joel Kribel; and 44-year-old convenience
store magnate Tom McKnight, the U.S. Amateur runner-up and team
father figure. The Yanks, who finished ninth two years ago,
figure they've got the horses to beat defending champ Australia
to the checkered flag.

Golf Plus will next appear in the Dec. 7 issue of SPORTS
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COLOR PHOTO: HEINZ KLUETMEIER [Matt Kuchar]

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