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March 13, 2006

Monster Mash
Doral's 18th angers David Toms

DAVID TOMS didn'twant to be in Miami. His wife and kids were skiing in Beaver Creek, Colo., andhe would have preferred to be with them. What's worse, he already felt that ashort hitter like himself couldn't win on Doral's Blue Monster, especially whenhe injured his right hand on a gate while stepping onto the 1st tee at theWednesday pro-am, causing the hand to swell up. But the swelling went down, thewind stayed calm, and Toms found himself at the 72nd hole a shot behind leaderTiger Woods and facing his biggest obstacle of the week: the brutish 443-yard18th hole. After bogeying the hole in two of the first three rounds, Toms hadcalled it unfair because long hitters could clear the water, giving themselvesa 60-yard-wide landing area, while shorter drivers had only a 20-yard-widetarget. "They could have put the tees 50 yards up," Toms said, "sowe all could hit over the lake." But they didn't, and Toms made bogey againto fall into a tie for second with Camilo Villegas at 19-under 269, good for$484,000, yet somehow still disappointing.... Woods said he couldn't recall thelast time he bogeyed the final two holes of an event and still won. That'seasy: at the 2005 Masters.... Woods hit 26 (out of 56) fairways for the week,the same total as last year, and improved his record to 34-3 when holding a54-hole lead.

Christina Slim

During a six-week"family vay-kay" to South Korea, Christina Kim (below) lost 25 poundsthrough a program that included running nine miles and hitting 700 balls a day,plus eating almost nothing but fruits and vegetables. The changes added lengthto her game and made her more philosophical. Asked if she would have some cakeon her 22nd birthday (March 15), she said, "If I'm in the mood, I'll have alittle piece. Everything in moderation."

ALSO ...
•Stuart Appleby's wife, Ashley, gave birth to the pair's second child on March1. Mia, born at seven pounds, six ounces, joins sister Ella, 1.

Survey Says...
As one might expect, 137 of the 144 pros at the Nissan Open carried driversfeaturing clubheads of 400cc or greater, with 43.8% using 460cc models, thelargest allowed. Craig Barlow bucked the trend with the smallest driver, a300cc throwback from TaylorMade's 300 Series, which was discontinued in2002.

The Darrell Surveyhas tracked equipment usage at golf tournaments since 1938.

New Math
In a calculated move, the LPGA's glamour girls go Hollywood

BEAUTY + TALENT xYOUTH x MARKETING [divided by] CELEBRITY = LPGA AT THE OSCARS

> AlanShipnuck's Inside Golf appears every Wednesday at SI.com/golf.

"Get it over with and put Nelson in the Hall."--MY SHOT, PAGE G24

 

PHOTOMICHAEL COHEN/WIREIMAGE.COM (TOMS)SHORTSHRIFT - Toms's only three-putt of the week came on the 72nd hole atDoral. PHOTOCOURTESY OF TAYLORMADE (CLUB)TAYLORMADE 300 SERIES PHOTOTONY DEJAK/AP (BEFORE)BEFORE PHOTOMARCO GARCIA/WIREIMAGE.COM (AFTER)AFTER PHOTOAP (MONROE) PHOTOAP (ASTAIRE AND ROGERS) PHOTOBETTMANN/CORBIS (TEMPLE) PHOTOCOURTESY OGILVY & MATHER (LOGO) PHOTOPEOPLE MAGAZINE (PEOPLE) PHOTOSTEVE GRAYSON/WIREIMAGE.COM (LPGA, FROM LEFT: GULBIS, KIM, KERR, LOUDEN, CREAMER, KANG)

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)