Monster Years: Yes, Mickelson and Liselotte Neumann have three wins each, but we're going with LPGA rookie Karrie Webb and Mark O'Meara. They've got only two wins each but also a couple of seconds, and they always seem to be in the hunt.
Car Wrecks: Billy Mayfair and Peter Jacobsen were among the top 10 on the money list a year ago. They're not even in the top 80 in 1996. Jacobsen has a bad back, but what's Mayfair's excuse?
Worst Call: David Eger, the Tour's head rules man, canceled the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am because a single hole, the 16th at Spyglass, was unplayable on Sunday. The hole was fine the next day.
Best Call: Jeff Sluman was only two strokes off the lead at the Bay Hill Invitational when he phoned Tour official Arvin Ginn on Saturday to say he might have made an improper drop the day before. It was determined that he had, and the sportsmanlike Sluman was DQ'd for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Happiest Ending: After 141 tournaments and what seemed like 1,411 missed three-footers, Tom Watson won again, at the Memorial.
Great Britain-Ireland's 11½-6½ whipping of the U.S. in last week's Curtis Cup at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club in Ireland marked the second straight time that the British have retained the Cup in the biennial match and, combined with the sound beating the U.S. suffered in the Walker Cup last September, completed a changing of the guard in amateur golf.
The shift in power can be traced to the migration of college-age European players to U.S. campuses, where they have flourished. "The days when British or European teams were in awe of the Americans is past," says Mickey Walker, coach of the winning Curtis Cup team. "The trend started with our players going to U.S. colleges, where they have found that they can beat most of the Americans. That confidence trickles back to the rest of our players."
Two Scots who were also first-team All-America this year, Janice Moodie (San Jose State) and Mhairi McKay (Stanford), led Europe's charge last week. They were undefeated and earned 4½ points between them.
America's brightest amateur hope, 18-year-old Cristie Kerr, played well in Ireland, going 1-1-1 in the two-day competition. But Kerr's first Curtis Cup was her last. She turned pro after the event and planned to play this week in the LPGA's ShopRite Classic in New Jersey.