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Tim Rosaforte
November 20, 1995
The China Syndrome
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November 20, 1995


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Sarrow not only disputes that figure, but he also says the only thing he was offered was free tickets to the tournament. "This is a nightmare. I am blown away that it has come to this," he says. "We were willing to do what we could, within reason. I have been reading about all these other offers—security, parking—and I just don't know where they came from."

The bottom line: Because Sarrow held the high ground contractually, the Honda had to take a hike.

"We did everything we could," says tournament director Cliff Danley. "We had to move forward."

Ben's Big Shot

Ben Crenshaw has never been known for consistency, but this year he was particularly erratic. His season spiked upward in April when, days after serving as a pallbearer at Harvey Penick's funeral, he won the Masters. The year bottomed out in September when he went 0-3 in the Ryder Cup. Last week he was peaking again, finishing the season by slam-dunking a 50-yard wedge shot to eagle the final hole and win the PGA Grand Slam and the largest check of his career ($400,000, which is $4,000 more than he earned at Augusta).

"That was one of the luckiest shots I've ever hit," says Crenshaw of his approach to the par-5 18th at Hawaii's Poipu Bay Resort. His ball was headed toward another time zone when it clanked off the flagstick and dived into the hole for an eagle that gave him a one-shot margin over Steve Elkington and Corey Pavin in the $1 million event, which features the winners of the four majors.

"I'll always remember a little line that may seem simple to a lot of people, but I understand more now," Crenshaw says. " Harry Vardon was playing with Bobby Jones a long time ago, and Jones wasn't playing well. Vardon told him to just keep hitting the ball. That sounds inanely simple, but it means to keep on playing, keep trying on every shot, and you never know what's going to happen."

Barn Loser

His player's card wasn't the only thing Robert Landers, the Texas farmer turned Senior tourist, lost earlier this month when his unlikely season came to a close.

After finishing 47th in the Emerald Coast Classic in Milton, Fla., the Senior tour's final full-field event, Landers packed up his clubs and made the 650-mile drive home to his farm in Azle, knowing that a return trip to Q school was in his future. Pulling into the driveway at 3 a.m., Landers discovered that thieves had broken into his barn and stolen a drill press and some power saws.

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