Norman disappeared inside without a word. His departure from Washington occurred two days earlier than planned but perhaps not a moment too soon.
Andrade Gets Tiger's Autograph...Sort of
Last year at a fund-raiser for Charities for Children, an organization sponsored by Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon, a collection of golf balls that would be autographed by every living Masters champion was auctioned off to a Massachusetts businessman for $50,000. However, when Andrade asked '97 champ Tiger Woods last month for a signed ball to add to that collection, Woods declined, citing his concern that the ball would later be sold on the open market for a profit.
When Drew Simmons, an eight-year-old from Narragansett, R.I., and his brother Dixon, 11, learned of the story from their father, Dixon Sr., they decided to act. Two years ago, when he was in nearby Newport for the U.S. Amateur, Woods had signed a ball for each boy. "We have two autographed by Tiger," Drew told his father. "We can give one to help their charity. That would be cool."
Says Andrade, "It shows you how great an eight-year-old kid can be. I'm touched."
Lehman's Caddie Calls For Ryder Cup Boycott
Caddying for your country, your man and virtually for free is one thing. Having to fly economy class is another. Andrew Martinez, Tom Lehman's longtime caddie, says he will not work September's Ryder Cup at Valderrama, in Spain, if the caddies are not allowed to fly for free with the players on a chartered Concorde. "The Ryder Cup is the ultimate team competition," says Martinez, whose man finished third at Congressional. "The caddies are part of the team. It's time somebody stepped up and said something about this."
The PGA of America will pay an honorarium of $500 and pick up the caddies' expenses, including airfare. What burns Martinez, though, is that the PGA sold many of the seats on the Concorde to business, including SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S advertising-sales organization. "Is that what the Ryder Cup is about, creating revenue for the PGA?" he wonders. "Two years ago the Europeans made sure the caddies came over with the team on the Concorde. That was a class move. I think this reflects on the class of our captain."
Martinez says he spoke with U.S. captain Tom Kite last Friday, but "Tom says his hands are tied [by the PGA]."
Martinez's outrage is not shared by every caddie who might be involved in the Ryder Cup. "If they charged us $1,000 to work the Ryder Cup," says Jim (Bones) MacKay, who carries for Phil Mickelson, "I'd pay mine and Andrew's." Says Joe LaCava, Fred Couples's caddie, "I'd boat over if my man was going."