THESE ARE busy daysin the public-apology department at Gaffe, uh, Golf Channel. First DottiePepper choked the dogs, then Kelly Tilghman lynched Tiger Woods. Now Nick Faldohas nuked Nike. On the air on Sunday, Faldo referred to the test results inGolf Magazine's February cover story "Revealed: The Best Ball For You!"that showed that under launch conditions meant to replicate the swing of theaverage hacker (90-mph swing speed, 13.75-degree launch angle, 2,900 rpm) theTaylorMade TP Black produced 259.1 yards of carry and roll compared with 239.1yards for the Nike One Platinum. Faldo said the Nike ball "fell out of thesky." Not exactly. On Monday, Golf Channel apologized because Faldo hadfailed to mention that the Golf study not only includes evidence that the OnePlatinum performs better as swing speeds increase but also that Nike hadasserted in the magazine that its ball is designed for Tiger, who swings at ablazing 125-plus mph. (For full results of the Golf study, go toGolf.com/equipment.) Equally egregious, Faldo neglected to disclose that lastThursday he had signed an endorsement deal with TaylorMade. Woods, apparentlycontent to let Sunday's results speak for themselves, has yet to weigh in.
• WHEN ANDYPETTITTE told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that hereceived HGH from his father, Tom, who had obtained it from a trainer at 1 on 1Elite Personal Fitness in Pasadena, Texas, a lot of interested parties visitedthe gym's website. There they found pictures of gym owner Kelly Blair withabout a dozen pro athletes who worked out at the facility. (The photos havesince been removed.) Among them was Mike Standly, 43, who played on the PGA andNationwide tours from 1986 to 2007, winning the 1993 Freeport-McMoRan Classic(now the Zurich Classic of New Orleans). The obvious question: Did Standly,while working out at a gym alleged to be a hotbed of performance-enhancing drugactivity, give in to temptation? No, says Standly, who only recently got backinto the game after taking two years off. Standly reports that he hasn't workedout at 1 on 1 in four years and never saw or took performance enhancers. "Ialways stayed away from that stuff," he says. "I didn't see it helpingme."
• AT THE MayakobaGolf Classic in Canc√∫n, Mexico, Brian Gay rang up his first W (16 under, 264)after 293 Tour starts. That record had put him 12th on the list of players withthe most starts who have never won, an inglorious distinction that overshadowedalmost $7.5 million in career earnings. No doubt Gay was happy to leave theranks of the uncrowned but, sadly, he remains 62 wins behind Woods.... In onlyhis 16th Tour start, Nick Flanagan earned his first career top 10 when afinal-round 66 propelled him to a tie for ninth in Canc√∫n.... Paula Creamerbirdied four of the last five holes to win the Fields Open (16 under, 200) overJeong Jang. Looking like the LPGA version of Mr. Red Shirt himself, Creamerdressed in pink for the final and played a pink ball. Faldo did not comment onit.
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March 3, 2008
"What I saw was both encouraging anddisconcerting."
—PEPPER MILL, PAGE G16
KEY STAT 10
Stewart Cink's position on the career money list ($22 million)
SHE SAID | HE SAID
Different approaches to the game define twoheadliners
"My expectations are to really enjoy myself.... Mygoal is to stay in the present and not think too much about the future, aboutthe past, just stay with it."
"I prepare before I get here. And then when I gethere, it's all about winning an event. It always has been that way. It alwayswill be."