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Tim Rosaforte
February 19, 1996
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February 19, 1996

Golf

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When a country club fires its superintendent and then issues press releases defending the condition of its greens, you can bet they're in sorry shape. At least that's the rationale Tour players are using to skip next week's Nissan Open at Riviera. Long considered one of the premier stops of the season, the tournament is getting hit with a double whammy this year: bad greens and bad dates. The Nissan is the last event on the West Coast portion of the Tour, and many players like to take a week off before starting the Florida portion of the schedule at Doral. The bad greens just make it that much easier to take a Pasadena on L.A.

Trying to get more players to enter the tournament, the Tour had its agronomist attend a recent meeting of the players and try to persuade them that Riviera's greens weren't that bad.

It was a tough sell. Even Ben Crenshaw, whose company oversaw the reconstruction of the greens in 1993, is not convinced. "All I know is that they say the greens have improved," he says. "I'm taking that with a grain of salt."

The Short Game

Ian Woosnam attributes his recent back-to-back victories in Singapore and Australia, his first wins in 16 months, to a change in routine. He gave up exercise and spent the winter with his mates in pubs near his home on the island of Jersey in the English Channel. "The formula for me is relaxation," Woosnam says. "I became the best in the world doing it my way, but I made the mistake of thinking I had to change to stay the best." ...CBS is talking to David Feherty about a tower job....

Al Geiberger, whose 63 last Saturday in the IntelliNet Challenge helped end a three-year victory drought, missed most of 1994 with a rotator-cuff injury, limped through last year with a sore heel that was corrected through surgery, and hadn't played in a tournament in two months....

A fourth, and final, Harvey Penick book, The Game for a Lifetime, will be published in April....

Spyglass Hill will not be replaced on the Pebble Beach rotation, as David Eger suggested it would last week.

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