Right On, Tryon
Ty is younger than the stepchildren of Blaine McCallister, who
at 43 is the oldest member of the Q school class of '02.
What Els Is New?
Ernie's Normanesque season ends when Sergio Garcia chips in to
win their playoff and $2 million.
PGA Q school medalist Pat Perez, a 25-year-old from San Diego,
shot a 27-under 405 at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm
Beach, Fla.... A junior at Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, Tryon
closed with a 66 to finish tied for 23rd at 18 under.... Among
the 36 players earning cards: Gary Nicklaus, 32, the
second-youngest of Jack's five children; 2001 Northwestern
graduate and '99 NCAA champ Luke Donald; and Hidemichi Tanaka of
Japan, the highest-ranked (61st) pro in the 167-man field....
The top-ranked player to miss? Number 157 Aaron Baddeley....
Only three of the Top 10 players in the World Ranking--Phil
Mickelson (No. 2), Ernie Els (No. 4) and Garcia (No. 6)--will be
missing from the 17-man field at Tiger Woods's Dec. 13-16
Williams World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.... Simon
Masilo, Els's caddie for South African events, has filed suit in
that country seeking back wages that he claims Els owes him.
SENIOR Raymond Floyd won the Office Depot Father/Son Challenge
for the fifth time in seven years, teaming with his younger son,
25-year-old Robert, to shoot a 20-under 124. The Floyds beat
Steve Irwin, 27, and his father, Hale, by a shot in the 36-hole
scramble tournament at the Ocean Club in the Bahamas.... The
tour will show about 75% of its tournaments live on CNBC next
year, instead of on tape-delay as in 2001, and increase the size
of its field from 78 to 84, giving the extra spots to players
with two or more PGA Tour victories.
December 10, 2001
ALSO At the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, Garcia
shot a final-round 63 at the Gary Player Country Club to erase a
six-stroke deficit and tie Els at 20-under 268 at the end of
regulation. Garcia jarred a chip from the fringe for birdie on
the first hole of the playoff.... Jose Maria Olazabal birdied
the final three holes to take his 22nd European tour title, the
Hong Kong Open at the Hong Kong Golf Club, by a shot over Henrik
Bjornstad of Norway.... Thongchai Jaidee, who last June became
the first golfer from Thailand to play in the U.S. Open,
finished first on the final Asian tour money list with a record
Golf Plus will next appear in the Jan. 14, 2002, issue of SPORTS
UP and Down
Boo Weekley Roland Thatcher
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