Bruce Edwards, the longtime caddie for Tom Watson who is battling
Lou Gehrig's disease, plans to make his final public appearance on
April 7 in Augusta, where he'll receive the Ben Hogan Award from
the Golf Writers Association of America. Edwards, 49, last caddied
in the UBS Cup in November but is now housebound and cannot speak.
A native of Hartford, Edwards has been enjoying Connecticut's run
through the NCAA tournament. "We've been flipping back and forth
between basketball and golf all week," said Bruce's wife, Marsha,
from their house in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.... Farid Guedra, Vijay
Singh's swing coach for the last 15 years, says his pupil doesn't
have a problem with the media. "The media has a problem with him,"
says Guedra. "Of course he wasn't happy with how he was treated
over the Annika Sorenstam issue, but Vijay is a nice and
considerate man to everyone. Name one great player who made himself
entirely available to the press."... Nick Price played Stuart
Appleby's ball on his second shot from the fairway on the 14th hole
in the first round of the Players, hitting it 20 feet from the pin.
Price took a one-stroke penalty, rehit to 30 feet and three-putted
for a double-bogey 6.... The news that Tiger's man Friday from
Nike, Greg Nared, has been courting Michelle Wie has fueled
speculation that the 14-year-old phenom will forgo college for the
LPGA tour. But when asked who paid for the dinner the two shared
during the Safeway in Phoenix two weeks ago--Wie watched SpongeBob
SquarePants--Nared said, "I paid for myself, and she paid for
herself. We're not going to do anything to jeopardize her status."
... Masters champion Mike Weir treated his dad to a round at
Augusta on March 21. "I made him play the tips," Weir noted. "He
didn't finish a lot of holes."
--J.G., Farrell Evans

COLOR PHOTO: AL MESSERSCHMIDT/WIREIMAGE.COM (PRICE) MULLIGAN Price played two balls on 14; only one was his.