On the Sunday before the Open, Jim Furyk played nine holes at
Shinnecock with the club's three-time champion, Robert Stevenson.
"He beat me by a shot," said Stevenson, who runs a manufacturing
company, "but I told him where to hit it." ... Lakers fan Darren
Clarke watched the last game of the NBA Finals at Southampton
Publick House. The newly trim Irishman had spiked his dyed-blond
hair and wore tight-fitting jeans with a skull embroidered on the
thigh. After nursing a Southampton Golden Lager through the
Lakers' defeat, Clarke left the half-finished beer on the bar and
departed, prompting one patron to wonder, "Who was the Austin
Powers wannabe?" ... Vijay Singh spent Open week at the
Southampton mansion of his friend and sponsor Ted Forstmann,
where they passed the time playing gin. "Vijay can't figure out
my game. He can't beat me," said Forstmann.... On Shinnecock's
practice tee some Titleist players complained that the Pro V1 and
Pro V1x balls were mixed together.... Carlos Franco withdrew
after playing only 14 holes, saying that dust kicked up by
spectators had triggered a severe allergy attack. He was nine
over par at the time.... As Corey Pavin left the 6th green on
Saturday, his wife, Lisa, stood along the ropes. After the
players cleared, a marshal was slow dropping the rope to let Lisa
and other fans move. As Lisa passed the marshal, she said
sarcastically, "That's such a hard job." That sparked a heated
exchange, which ended with the marshal shouting, "It must be so
tough being you."
--J.G., Farrell Evans

COLOR PHOTO: STUART FRANKLIN/GETTY IMAGES (CLARKE) YEAH, BABY Clarke dressed the part for a night in the Hamptons.