Although Immelman is arguably the finest junior golfer in the world, some question whether he's ready for the pro ranks. Fellow South African Gary Player, who won the '62 PGA at Aronimink, recently said that Immelman should go to college. Others, though, point out that last Saturday's defeat, in which Immelman lost on a stray approach shot on the 18th hole, marked his third runner-up finish in three significant amateur tournaments this summer. He also lost to Craig Watson in the British Amateur and finished second to Kevin Stadler, son of Tour player Craig Stadler, at the Junior World Championships in San Diego.
For now Immelman says his thoughts are only on defending his title in the Maxfli PGA Juniors later this month and that he won't decide until September at the earliest. But his words seem to convey a youthful impatience to join his good friend and countryman Els on the Tour someday soon. "I'm not scared to go out and compete with the legends of the game," Immelman says.
Please, No Emmy Jokes
Todd Miller, the 17-year-old son of Johnny Miller, wasn't the only player at last week's U.S. Junior with a famous parent. Also in the 156-player field was Andreas Huber, 17, of Garden City, N.Y. Huber, the son of soap opera star Susan Lucci, reached the second round before falling to Michael Beard of Palm Desert, Calif., 3 and 2.
The Shag Bag
Dick Taylor, the editor of Golf World magazine from .1962 to 1969, and its vice president from 1970 to 1989, died last Thursday in Pinehurst, N.C. He was 72....
Laura Davies's putting woes continue. She missed a three-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole on Sunday, enabling Tammie Green to force a playoff at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic. Green then won with an eagle on the fifth playoff hole....
Ben Bates claimed his first victory in 179 pro starts when he won the Nike Wichita Open on Sunday.