The Week

May 11, 2003

TRUST ME

The Hale Irwin era is over on the Champions tour. He shot 73 on
Sunday to blow another lead, and he remains winless in '03. The
good news? Irwin, 57, will go down as the tour's greatest player.

THE NEW MATH
Seve Ballesteros is DQ'd at the Italian Open

CONSPIRACY THEORIST + MACHISMO x ENDLESS SLUMP + SLOW PLAY =
SEVE BALLESTEROS

O. B.

Tour: Where the Boys Are

A gaggle of Tour wives is taking time out from this week's
Wachovia Championship to throw a baby shower for John Rollins's
wife, Jenny, and the occasion has everyone feeling in the pink.
"We're all pretty excited because she's having a girl," said
Stuart Appleby's wife, Ashley, the hostess of the event. "A lot
of other wives are pregnant--I think there are 13 or 14 of
them--but they're all having boys."

Speaking of the wives, they got the royal treatment at last
week's HP Classic of New Orleans, enjoying freebie spa treatments
at the Ritz-Carlton and an endless variety of off-course
activities. The Wachovia, a first-year tournament trying to
establish goodwill, ups the ante this week by flying 20 wives
from host city Charlotte to Asheville, N.C., for a wine tasting
and a tour of the Biltmore estate.

More than a dozen players took in the playoff action between the
Hornets and the Philadelphia 76ers last week at New Orleans
Arena, but rookie Cameron Yancey was the only HP Classic
competitor to attend two games. So is Yancey a hoops junkie? "Not
really," he says. "I had never been to a game before. The whole
experience was to save me from having to sit around and think
about golf." Yancey finished 56th and is now 194th on the money
list, with $25,990.

Steve Flesch's victory means that Skip Kendall now holds the good
news-bad news title of the Tour's career money leader without a
victory, with $5.2 million in 275 starts.

THE POLL
VOTE AT GOLFONLINE.COM

THIS WEEK: The buzz is that Tiger Woods may play in the Colonial.
In the unlikely event that he and Annika Sorenstam duel for the
title, whom would you root for?

LAST POLL: If it were the only golf on TV, would you watch the
LPGA, the Champions tour or neither?

LPGA..........39%
Champions.....38%
Neither.......23%

--Based on 4,794 responses to our informal survey

COLOR PHOTO: BLAKE SELL/REUTERS NEWMEDIA/CORBIS (CONSPIRACYTHEORIST) COLOR PHOTO: GERARD JULIEN/AFP PHOTO (MACHISMO) COLOR PHOTO: ROBERTS/CORBIS (ENDLESS SLUMP) COLOR PHOTO COLOR PHOTO: DAVID J. PHILLIP/AP (BALLESTEROS)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)