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Tim Rosaforte
December 04, 1995
A Ryder Cup Surprise
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December 04, 1995


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Norman and Nick Price are now, for the first time, both reigning champions of their native country's national opens. On Sunday, Price ended a yearlong drought by winning the Zimbabwe Open in Harare, while Norman, 6,000 miles away in Melbourne, took his fourth Australian crown....

The USGA will break tradition at the 1997 U.S. Open by playing the Blue Course at Congressional Country Club, which has a par-3 finishing hole, and not the composite layout that was used in the 1964 U.S. Open and this year's Senior Open. The last U.S. Open to finish on a par-3 was at Englewood ( N.J.) Golf Club in 1909. "Nowhere is it set in stone that a U.S. Open has to finish on a killer par-4," says the USGA's David Fay. "Of course, it will be a talking point. A lot of people will not be happy with it, but we felt the routing at the Senior Open was sort of goofy."

...Without NFL football to worry about, CBS is preparing to bid for the TV rights to the 1999 Ryder Cup. NBC will air the 1997 matches....

If the paparazzi had only known: Nick Faldo was spotted playing golf with University of Arizona student Brenna Cepelak two weeks ago in Haines City, Fla.

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