For 71 holes he was three over par, easily the best of the lot.
Odd, then, that Jean Van de Velde should suddenly play the 72nd
as if he were bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Or was that
Jacques Cousteau? When a barefooted Van de Velde probed the
depths of Barry Burn, it was hard to tell. No doubt the finale
had a tragicomic ring, but Van de Velde deserved more from
himself. His gaffe, and this Open, was mostly sad.
PGA British Open champ Paul Lawrie of Scotland moved up 111
places in the World Ranking to 48th--the biggest one-week leap
since John Daly jumped 114 spots after winning the '91 PGA....
Van de Velde went from 26th to eighth in the European Ryder Cup
standings.... Defending champion Mark O'Meara shot 83-74 to miss
the cut by three and is winless in '99. Here's why: He ranks
106th on Tour in driving accuracy and 144th in driving distance.
His World Ranking has sunk from second to 11th.
LPGA By the end of the JAL Big Apple Classic in New Rochelle,
N.Y., winner Sherri Steinhauer and runner-up Lorie Kane had
played 77 holes together. The twosome, paired all four days,
played the par-5 18th hole five times in sudden death before
Steinhauer won by holing a 35-foot birdie putt in
near-darkness.... Kane, who is winless in her career but has
come in second three times this year, birdied the 481-yard 18th
on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then made six pars on the hole
SENIOR Hale Irwin's victory in the Ameritech Senior Open in Long
Grove, Ill., was his fourth in his last seven starts. He beat
Bruce Fleisher, Raymond Floyd and Gary McCord by a stroke....
Michael Jordan attracted an estimated 8,700 fans to Thursday's
pro-am and shot an 85.
ALSO Hunter Haas of Fort Worth defeated Michael Kirk of
Johannesburg, South Africa, 4 and 3 to win the U.S. Public Links
in Alton, Ill.... John Pate, 39, the older brother of Tour
player Steve, birdied the last two holes to win the 100th
Southern California Amateur at Industry Hills Golf Club in City
of Industry, Calif.
UP and Down
Jean Van de Velde Jean Van de Velde
Paul Lawrie Colin Montgomerie
John Philip David Duval
Hale Irwin Raymond Floyd