A COMMAND PERFORMANCE
David Duval's 59 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic hit like a
lightning bolt, rendering all else--even Michael Jordan's
participation--moot. The feat not only caught Duval-uators by
surprise and underscored the difference between golf's dividends
(down, page G4) and interest (up), but also showed that Tiger
Woods isn't the only player who can make the rest of the world
stop and take notice.
PGA Duval's one-stroke victory over Steve Pate added fuel to
criticism of the World Ranking--a two-year rolling points system
that affects entry into premier events. While Duval (ranked No.
2) has won nine of his last 28 starts, Woods (No. 1) has won
only one of his last 28.... Duval's 59 is even more impressive
when you consider his round was five shots better than the next
lowest score on Sunday--64, by Paul Goydos and Steve Stricker.
LPGA Meg Mallon birdied three of the last five holes to win the
LPGA Naples Memorial by a shot over Helen Alfredsson and Kelly
Robbins. Mallon now has 10 career victories worth 12 Hall of
Fame points--15 short of induction into the Hall under the
proposed system.... Robbins, who has been under par in all seven
of her rounds in '99, has won twice and finished second and
fifth in her last four starts.... Karrie Webb must wear a
mouthpiece at all times (except when she eats) to combat
temporomandibular joint syndrome, a jaw disorder.
SENIOR John Jacobs's win at the MasterCard Championship in
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, increased his Senior tour earnings to
$2,310,462. He won only $119,776 in 13 years on the regular
Tour.... Gil Morgan tied for sixth while Hale Irwin came in
23rd, their worst finishes combined since the '97 American
Express Invitational, in which Morgan was 20th and Irwin 28th.
ALSO David Frost won the South African Open at Stellenbosch when
Sven Struver drove into a divot in the 72nd fairway and failed
to make par, which would have forced a playoff. Frost learned
the game at Stellenbosch as a caddie.... Along with Ernie Els's
victory at the South African PGA two weeks ago, the last
foreigner to come out on top in the two-tournament South African
leg of the European tour was Vijay Singh, in the '97 South
African Open.... Els, on the good life on the PGA Tour: "The
Americans have got it all figured out, really. But then again,
they lost to Europe in the Ryder Cup and to the International
team in the Presidents Cup, so maybe it's a little too
comfortable for them."
UP and Down
David Duval's 59 Chip Beck's 59
Vince Coleman Michael Jordan
Jimmy Roberts Peter Alliss
Mi Hyun Kim Se Ri Pak
Duval vs. Woods Irwin vs. Morgan