PGA TOUR PROArjun Atwal could face charges after a man who was speeding alongside him onCounty Road 535 near Windemere, Fla., last Saturday died in a car accident.John Noah Park, 48, of Windemere lost control of his automobile on a curve andhit a tree. Atwal, 33, also lost control but skidded to a stop on the shoulder.Police were uncertain if it was a chase or if the two were racing, butwitnesses said the two cars were "engaged," and an investigation wasunder way. Atwal did not return calls requesting comment, but on Monday hisagent issued a statement that said in part, "It will be abundantly clearthat this was simply a horrible accident and tragedy, with no one atfault."

• THE GRANDSON offour-time Masters winner Arnold Palmer is headed for Augusta. Palmer took somemild criticism last year for giving his progeny, Sam Saunders, an exemption toBay Hill, where the high school senior shot 76--82 and missed the cut. Sincethen Saunders has matriculated at Clemson, where he cracked the Tigers'starting lineup by mid-October. In his first three events he had top 15s andclimbed to 20th in the Sagarin college rankings before stumbling to 41st afterlast week's Southern Highlands Championship, where he finished 39th with roundsof 74-76-77. He'll look to get back on track at the Administaff ASUInvitational (March 30--April 1), which takes place in Augusta but not atAugusta National. Alas, not even the King can get him an exemption there.

• COULD JUSTINLeonard (left) be the next David Duval? After finishing seventh at the 2006 FBROpen, Leonard, whose 10 wins include a British Open and a Players Championship,was ranked 32nd in the world. He went on to miss the cut in nine of his next 23starts and never finished in the top 20. So far in '07 he has made six startsand missed the cut in all six, including last week's PODS Championship. Leonardhas yet to shoot a round in the 60s and has fallen to 210th in the WorldRanking. If Leonard, 34, doesn't turn it around soon, he'll find himselfwatching the Masters on TV, making it the first major he will have missed sincethe '95 U.S. Open.

• THE EVIDENCEthat Mark Wilson's win at the Honda Classic was predestined continues to pileup. Besides overcoming a two-shot penalty and a drive into the hazard duringthe playoff, Wilson was lucky to be there at all. After finishing 29th at Qschool, he stood 59th in the pecking order for incoming players that determinestournament entry. That got him into only four events, but he made the cut ineach and finished 25th at Pebble Beach. So after the first reshuffle of theseason--right before the Honda--Wilson moved up to 25th on the list. That wasenough to get him into the field. Spooky.

• SUGGESTED WOODSBABY NAME Annika Bivens.

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Putts of more than five feet holed by PODS champ MarkCalcavecchia.

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with BRAD FAXON

One thing you'd change about the Tour?

I'd find a way to have players show theirpersonalities on the course.

One thing most people don't know about ArnoldPalmer?

How strong his hands are.

One very impressive thing about Tiger Woods?

How ready he is to play every time he tees it up. Healways plays to win.

One mulligan you'd like to take?

My eight-footer for par against David Gilford on thelast hole in the 1995 Ryder Cup. If I'd have made it, we would have kept thecup.

One European you'd like to see skip the next RyderCup?

Colin Montgomerie. I love him, but he's a hugemotivating force for them.

One team you'd like to see bounced from the NCAAtournament?

Florida. Too much orange.

One team you wish would make the Final Four?

Rhode Island.

One great thing about your home state?

Rhode Island's great in summer because you're neverfar from the water.

Or good Italian food.

One thing you'd change about the Tour?

I'd find a way to have players show theirpersonalities on the course.

One thing most people don't know about ArnoldPalmer?

How strong his hands are.

One very impressive thing about Tiger Woods?

How ready he is to play every time he tees it up. Healways plays to win.

One mulligan you'd like to take?

My eight-footer for par against David Gilford on thelast hole in the 1995 Ryder Cup. If I'd have made it, we would have kept thecup.

One European you'd like to see skip the next RyderCup?

Colin Montgomerie. I love him, but he's a hugemotivating force for them.

One team you'd like to see bounced from the NCAAtournament?

Florida. Too much orange.

One team you wish would make the Final Four?

Rhode Island.

One great thing about your home state?

Rhode Island's great in summer because you're neverfar from the water. Or good Italian food.

 

"Some have speculated that this is a personal dis."--PEPPER MILL,G12

PHOTOCLAUDIO CRUZ/AP (FRANCELLA)¬†•MAKING A NAME Meaghan Francella, 24, who didn't start playing until she was 12and worked at Westchester Country Club in exchange for range time, beat AnnikaSorenstam in a playoff at the LPGA's MasterCard Classic. PHOTOWARREN WIMMER/ICON SMI (LEONARD) PHOTOJOEL AUERBACH-US PRESSWIRE (FAXON)
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