Steve Elkington missed qualifying for the Tour Championship by a
mere $1.84 million--the 1995 PGA Championship winner was 187th in
earnings--but he was still one of last week's standout
performers. Elkington hosted nearly two dozen players and Tour
officials for dinner at his Houston home, which is not far from
the 14th fairway of Champions Golf Club, where he's a member.
Among the attendees were fellow Aussies Robert Allenby and Stuart
Appleby, along with Brad Faxon and David Toms. The menu included
beef tenderloin, seafood crepes and apple pie, but the sweetest
surprise was a cameo by Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who popped
in to present a lifetime achievement award to Champions patriarch
Jackie Burke. The always salty Burke offered a toast in return.
"It's really nice to see all these millionaires here, including
the commissioner," he said. "I think he's probably Number 5 on
the money list this year. You have to play pretty well to pass

Think Tiger Woods was disappointed by his flat performance at
Champions? Imagine the club member who purchased Woods for $7,000
in a pretournament Calcutta. In other Tiger news, the buzz last
week was that Woods will play in the Nedbank (ne Sun City)
Challenge the week after the Presidents Cup.

Annika Sorenstam's magical year continues. In winning her third
straight Mizuno Classic, she set LPGA records for score (24
under) and 54-hole total (192). It was the first time in
Sorenstam's career that she had gone an entire tournament without
a bogey or three-putt.


THIS WEEK: O.K., now who is the player of the year--Jim Furyk,
Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, Mike Weir or Tiger Woods?

LAST POLL: Should the Presidents and Ryder cups be combined into
a three-team event, in which the Presidents winner plays the last
Ryder champ, with the victor getting a bye into the next Ryder
and the loser returning to the Presidents?


--Based on 2,098 responses to our informal survey