Cursed by Crosby Weather

Over the last four Februarys, barely half (nine of 16) of the
scheduled rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am have
gone into the books. The once proud Crosby has declined so
precipitously that the pros, and their frustrated fans, are
losing interest. The last Pebble without a pause: '97, when Mark
O'Meara edged David Duval and Tiger Woods. That seems so long
ago. The AT&T, either sublime or ridiculous, is no longer magic.

PGA When rain washed away the final round of the AT&T, Payne
Stewart ended up in first while the Tour's last two players of
the year, O'Meara and Woods, came in dead last.... The Phoenix
Open banned firearms a week after an armed man who had been
shouting at Woods was arrested at the TPC of Scottsdale.

LPGA Ty Votaw was named commissioner, the association's sixth,
after Jim Ritts resigned. Ritts's three-year stay fell two years
short of the term served by his predecessor, Charlie Mechem, but
was not a record for brevity. Mechem's predecessor, William A.
Blue, was fired after two years. The LPGA has had one more
commissioner (four) over the last decade than the PGA Tour has
had in its entire existence, a span of 30 years.... The USGA
gave Jane Geddes and Nancy Lopez exemptions into the U.S. Open
at Old Waverly, in West Point, Miss. Neither player came within
six shots of making the cut in last year's Open.... The players
voted to approve the liberalized standards for admission into
the LPGA Hall of Fame, which were announced last month.

SENIOR Bruce Fleischer beat Isao Aoki by two strokes at the
Royal Caribbean Classic, joining Arnold Palmer, Gary Player,
George Archer and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win in
their Senior tour debut.... The U.S. Senior Open has adopted a
playoff format similar to the four-hole aggregate method used at
the British Open.... Chi Chi Rodriguez returns to the tour at
this week's American Express Invitational, in Sarasota, Fla.,
four months after suffering a heart attack.

ALSO Bernhard Langer lost the Greg Norman Holden International
in Sydney on the final hole. Needing only a par for his first
win in 16 months, Langer was penalized a stroke when he picked
up his mark before replacing his ball and made a triple-bogey 6
to finish with an 80, handing the trophy to Michael Long. Norman
missed the cut.... American journeyman Gerry Norquist, 36, won
the Benson & Hedges Malaysian Open and a two-year exemption on
the European tour. After four events this year, a European has
yet to win on the Euro tour.

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY J.D. CUBAN Rain check Soggy spectators soaked in the view from Pebble Beach's new 5th hole before Sunday's round was rained out.

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