While the Shark was gobbling up the Blue Monster, the field's minnows were almost embroiled in a fishing controversy. One of the most hotly contested prizes every year at Doral is the free room—as if these guys can't afford to pay—given to the winner of a fishing contest held on the resort's property.
Andy Bean thought he had it won when his bass weighed in at 4� pounds, but after he had left, officials realized that his fish had been weighed on the wrong scale and that Blaine McAllister's lunker was actually two ounces heavier. With the wisdom of Solomon, officials declared co-winners and picked up the tab for both rooms.
The normally quick-tempered Mark Calcavecchia came into the new season claiming he had reinvented himself. He put that assertion to the test during the third round at Doral when he made a far-from-perfect 10 on the par-5 10th hole.
Afterward you could have mistaken Calc for Fuzzy Zoeller. "Hey, it was a good 10," he said. "I got a sand save out of it."
Raymond Floyd's restoration of Doral's Blue Monster has not yet begun, but it can't start soon enough to please Jack Nicklaus. "I liked the course the way it was before, not the way it is now, over-seeded with rye grass," says Nicklaus, who has played in 34 of the 35 Doral tournaments, missing only in 1970, the year his father died. "This isn't Florida golf. It's not the way I want to see Doral."
Not to worry, Jack. Next month Floyd will rip out all the rye and reseed with Bermuda, just the way you like it. "The overseed was needed because the grasses are so old and outdated," says Floyd. "It would be ugly on television if they didn't do that, but that isn't the way the course was meant to be played."
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