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Tim Rosaforte
October 02, 1995
Captain Nelson in '97
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October 02, 1995


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"Gary leaving has nothing to do with the business," Gibbs said, adding that Stevenson's departure was "just one of those things that happen in business."

Hogging the Limelight

All the goodies coming soon to a golf shop near you were on display recently at the highly successful PGA International Golf Show in Las Vegas. Picks of the litter? We liked Ram's cast irons with graphite shafts ( Tom Watson plans to take 'em on tour next year), the King Cobra Norman Grind irons, Mizuno's stylish new metal woods, the first titanium-headed irons by Ray Cook and the Wilson Invex driver used by John Daly in the British Open.

More than 900 companies—an increase of 275 over last year—exhibited at the three-day show, which was open only to golf professionals and other buyers within the industry. While many manufacturers prefer to wait until the megashow in Orlando every January to debut their new stuff, some of the smaller outfits like to get a jump on the competition.

Such was the case for Dogleg Right, a Dallas-based company that did a surprisingly brisk business with the Hog putter, one of the most unusual—O.K., downright ugly—clubs at the show. The Hog has a traditional club head, but the shaft is a jarring one inch in diameter, which makes it look like a kid's toy.

The Short Game

Think the U.S. Ryder Cup team looked sharp? They should have. Their get-ups cost $12,000 per man....

A flap like the one that occurred in 1993 when Tom Watson refused to autograph Sam Torrance's dinner menu was avoided when signing was banned at the Wednesday-night banquet....

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has denied John Daly's request for a release to play in this month's Toyota World Match Play Championship and the Alfred Dunhill Cup....

Dan Pohl was supposed to work the Ryder Cup for NBC as an on-course commentator, but after complaining of numbness in his left hand last week, he had neck surgery similar to the type performed on Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz....

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