--Never a Doubt
Be honest, at what point in the final round at Pebble Beach did
you say, "Tiger's got no shot"?
Bruce Fleisher's W at the Royal Caribbean Classic was his eighth
in 34 Senior starts.
The $232,865 Lucas Parsons won in the Holden Invitational was
the largest golf prize ever in Australia, and less than one
third of Woods's take at Pebble.
--PGA With the $720,000 he won in the AT&T, Woods moved to
second on the career money list, only $31,519 behind Davis Love
III, who took over the top spot just two weeks ago....
Four members of the 1994-95 Stanford team played at Pebble.
Besides Woods, Notah Begay tied for fourth while Casey Martin
missed the cut and amateur Jerry Chang finished second with
Woods in the pro-am. Only Will Yanagisawa, who is playing the
mini-tours, was missing....
Bob Murphy, introducing Martin and Begay at the Feb. 1 Northern
California Golf Association Writers dinner: "Ladies and
gentlemen, one player who drives and one who can't."...
The Ryder Cup play-for-pay controversy has been resolved, for
now. The PGA announced that for each of last year's team members
and captain Ben Crenshaw it is giving $100,000 to charities of
their choice and another 100K to their alma maters.
--LPGA After a two-week layoff the tour resumes this week at the
Los Angeles Women's Championship, beginning a five-tournament,
20,000-mile road trip that includes stops in Hawaii and
--SENIOR Tom Kite was never a factor in his tour debut, tying
Fleisher has cleaned up on the course but not off it. He didn't
pick up a single new endorsement deal during the off-season....
The PGA has banned carts in the April 13-16 PGA Seniors
Championship. The only other Senior event without carts is the
Straight talk from Allen Doyle: "I don't know how [the Tradition
and the Senior Players] are passing themselves off as majors."
--ALSO Let history record that the first Buy.com (formerly Nike)
tour event, the Florida Classic, in Gainesville, was won by
34-year-old journeyman Fran Quinn of Worcester, Mass....
Parsons, a 30-year-old Australian, lives 10 minutes from the
Lakes Golf Club in Sydney, where the Holden is held.
UP and Down
Pebble Beach in June Pebble Beach in February
Bill Murray Ray Romano
Iron woods Fairway woods
Notah Begay John Daly