Nick Seitz, editorial director of Golf Digest, claims that Beman shuffled the magazine's tournaments in retaliation for its series. "One of their people [from the Tour] told one of our people right after the stories came out that it was," says Seitz. " Deane Beman is a very vindictive man."
Steve Rankin, PGA vice-president for tournament affairs, says the 1993 schedule, including a date for The Commemorative, has not yet been set. He adds that The Newport Cup was canceled because "a number of items were of concern to the Tour and the players." He says that sponsors were informed of the event's demise on April 28.
Regarding the claim that the Tour's actions were a response to the Golf Digest series, Rankin says, "It has nothing to do with that, and that is not the way the PGA Tour does business."
My, Oh, Maillot
It seems that every year swimsuits get smaller and smaller. That is, except for Mike Barrowman's. His is getting larger. For the past few weeks Barrowman, the world-record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke, has been competing in a black and blue Speedo swimsuit that looks like a wetsuit without arms or legs.
The skin-tight suit is made of polyurethane and polyester and is designed to slither through the water with little resistance. "In this sport you train hundreds of hours a year, and to not take advantage of a suit that can take .3 or .4 of a second off your time is crazy," says Barrowman, who worked with Speedo in developing the suit.
The similarity between Barrowman's suit and a traditional woman's model has not escaped fans' attention. Barrowman unveiled the suit on June 13 at the Charlotte (N.C.) UltraSwim, where he broke the meet record in the 100 breaststroke. But the spectators were as vocal about the suit as they were about his performance. "When you have two or three thousand people yelling catcalls and whistling, it's not easy to concentrate," says Barrowman. "The way I look at it, it's worth a shot. If it works, great; if it doesn't, well, I had guts."
The Sport of Kings
This news from England, where the people love horse racing and the royal family loves it more than most:
Mrs Thatcher is expecting. The 4-year-old mare is in foal to Reprimand, who stands at the National Stud in Newmarket. Unlike her namesake, Mrs Thatcher never even ran in a race. Her career ended prematurely because of chronic leg injuries.