David Fay, executive director of the U.S. Golf Association, couldn't resist. He had to call Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., and point out that in the controversial "Hello, World" commercial, in which Woods says, "There are golf courses in this country I cannot play because of the color of my skin," he is wearing a shirt bearing the logo of Houston's Lochinvar Golf Club.
Lochinvar, where Woods's coach, Butch Harmon, is director of golf, is a club for men only.
Pros and Cons
USGA president Judy Bell has made the argument that Kelli Kuehne has a better amateur record than Woods. With a Girls' Junior title, two Women's Amateurs and a British Amateur, Kuehne's record is close to Woods's, but is now the time to follow him and turn pro? That was the big question last week at the World Amateur Team Championship outside Manila, where Kuehne placed third individually. The team portion of the event was won by South Korea, with the U.S. coming in third after Italy.
IMG reportedly has been making inquiries on Kuehne's behalf and is said to have lined up an endorsement package worth up to $1 million. Kuehne's timing, however, is bad. The LPGA has already held its Q school for '97, and unlike the PGA Tour, in which a player can be given up to seven sponsors' exemptions, the LPGA grants a maximum of four. Without an LPGA card Kuehne could play the Futures Tour in the U.S. and events in Asia and Europe to prepare for the Q school for '98. Kuehne is sure to be paired with Woods if she plays in the J.C. Penney Classic, but Kuehne's father, Ernie, says that Kelli "won't turn pro just to play in one tournament." Kuehne's other option is to turn pro, cash in on the endorsements and remain at Texas, where she is a sophomore, but not play for the Longhorns.
Some feel that Kuehne's market value has peaked and that she would have more to lose than gain by trying to match Woods's record of winning three consecutive Amateurs. "Her dilemma is that it's not news when she wins, only when she loses," says her father. "If there's an opportunity out there that she couldn't turn down, she'll have to take a hard look."
The Short Game
Bernhard Langer ended a 13-month win-less streak at the Alfred Dunhill Masters in Hong Kong while using a long putter. "I don't care what the putter looks like—you don't get paid for looking good," Langer says. "People laughed when I started to putt cross-handed in 1982, but that didn't bother me either."...
Bruce Summerhays has given new meaning to the term ironman. He has played in every round of every Senior tour event in the last two seasons—74 straight tournaments and 229 rounds....