"I was trying to slow down in '96 anyway," Harmon says.
Masters 2, McCord Zip
Despite writing a personal letter to Masters chairman Jack Stephens, Gary McCord will not be a part of the CBS crew at the Masters for a second year.
"I was expelled, so I've got to stay away from school for a while," McCord says. "It wasn't a letter of apology. It was what we at CBS did to get on the record [about wanting to return]. I knew Stephens wouldn't change his mind."
Don't expect another fast start from Peter Jacobsen, who in 1995 won back-to-back at Pebble Beach and San Diego but had to pull out of last week's Mercedes Championships after an old back injury acted up.
While an off-season running program was blamed for the flare-up, it didn't help that Jake spent New Year's Day sitting in the cold and the rain watching his Oregon Ducks get blown out in the Cotton Bowl, and then 4� hours waiting in a plane on the runway that night during an ice storm in Dallas. "It's just old age," says the 41-year-old Jacobsen.
Last year Jacobsen, Steve Elkington and Lee Janzen had career seasons after attending the Dave Pelz short-game school. This year Curtis Strange, Tom Kite and Payne Stewart visited Pelz for the first time.
"They're on my list of Watch Out Fors," says Pelz, who singled out Stewart. "He'll be a winner every week if he ever gets his act together."