Blond Ambition, Indeed
Honk if you're Swedish. Jarmo Sandelin won in Barcelona and
Jesper Parnevik prevailed in Greensboro, N.C., bringing us to
Brookline, Mass. Sandelin's the lone Swede in the top 10 on the
Euro Ryder Cup list because PGA Tour results don't count.
Parnevik (104th) will be a captain's pick. Gabriel Hjertstedt
(154th) might be. Robert Karlsson (12th), Patrik Sjoland (14th)
and Per-Ulrik Johansson (21st) could make the team, too.
PGA Parnevik is the first wire-to-wire winner on Tour since
Ernie Els at the '97 Buick Classic.... Assuming he pocketed the
standard 10% of Parnevik's $468,000 winner's share, Lance Ten
Broeck earned more caddying last week than he has won on Tour in
the last five years combined.
LPGA Deja vu. Australia's Rachel Hetherington birdied the final
hole of regulation and the first hole of a playoff to defeat
Lorie Kane at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship at Eagles
Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga. In her only other win,
over Annika Sorenstam at last year's Betsy King Classic,
Hetherington also birdied the last hole of regulation and the
first hole of sudden death.... Fellow Aussie Karrie Webb, who
missed a five-footer on 18 that would have put her in the
playoff, tied for third and has still finished no worse than
eighth in eight starts in '99.... Barb Mucha made 11 birdies
(including seven straight) on Saturday to tie an LPGA record on
the way to a 62, her career-low by three strokes. She tied for
May 2, 1999
SENIOR With Bruce Fleisher's win at the Home Depot Invitational,
which he secured with a three-foot birdie putt on the final hole
at the TPC at Piper Glen in Charlotte, rookies have won more
than half (six of 11) the tournaments in '99.
ALSO By winning the Peugeot Open de Espana, Sandelin moved from
13th to fifth in the Ryder Cup standings.... Sergio Garcia, 19,
shot 67-73-70-69 to finish 25th in his first start as a pro,
which was better than Jack Nicklaus (50th) and Tiger Woods
(60th) in their pro debuts.
UP and Down
Fleisher and Doyle Irwin and Morgan
Jarmo and Jesper Annika and Liselotte
Marianne Morris Marianne Morris
Sergio Garcia Seve Ballesteros
Lance Ten Broeck Mike (Fluff) Cowan