April 05, 2005
April 05, 2005

Table of Contents
April 5, 2005

The Table of Contents
2005 Masters: Starters
  • Who will win next week's Masters? ¬†One of these 10 players, according to a PGA Tour pro who, on the condition of anonymity, critiqued and ranked the contenders

  • In 1986 an ugly duckling of a putter was turned into a swan

  • If the Masters turns into a chipping contest, short-game specialist Retief Goosen will be tough to beat

  • SI recently polled more than 50 Tour players on golf and other matters. Some of the players declined to answer certain questions (so the percentages that follow are for respondents only), while others offered -- under the cloak of anonymity -- some choice one-liners, the most telling of which are included

  • Meet the local fixtures and recognizable faces who make the city more than simply another name for the National

Teeing Off


Last week Tom Pernice was identified as the player who had asked the Tour to test Tiger Woods's driver to make sure it conformed to USGA standards. Although the request was supposed to have been confidential, Pernice didn't mind being exposed. "I said to Tiger, 'I hope there are no hard feelings,'" Pernice explained. "I know I'd take it as a compliment if anybody asked to test my driver. What goes around, comes around. Tiger wanted guys' drivers tested; he's the one who thought drivers were illegal two years ago. Now all of a sudden he's hitting it 40 yards past us."

This is an article from the April 5, 2005 issue

What Pernice didn't like was an Associated Press story that suggested that Pernice's friendship with Vijay Singh might have been a factor in the request. "To put Vijay's name in that article was totally unprofessional and out of line," Pernice said. "I stand on my own and speak for myself. So does Vijay."