If you believe that a course named Winged Foot might favor a player who sports a swoosh on his shoes, you'd be right. Like Tiger Woods (left), the fairways at the Mamaroneck, N.Y., layout are long and narrow—seven par-4s play longer than 440 yards—and embrace those who crush the ball off the tee. A Woods win would further distinguish the prodigy as the first golfer to win two majors in his first full season on the Tour. Speaking of history, the 1984 U.S. Open, played at Winged Foot, saw Greg Norman finish second to Fuzzy Zoeller after an 18-hole playoff. Only Hawkeye Pierce detests U.S. majors more than the Shark, who is 0 for 49 lifetime in them.
?SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, TBS, 10:30 AM AND CBS, 1:30 PM
Comets at Sting
As a teenager in Watts, Cynthia Cooper (right) once ran into the midst of a gunfight taking place outside her home and admonished the combatants to stop shooting. Now playing guard for Houston, Cooper, 34, is the one who is trigger-happy, but with basketballs, not bullets. In successive July outings, Super Coop scored 30, 32 and 44 points, setting a single-game WNBA scoring record each time. "She's just the best player in the league right now," says Comets coach Van Chancellor of his 5'10" hotshot, whose 22.1-point scoring average was the WNBA's best at week's end. "I feel as if I'm coaching the female Jordan."
? NBC, 2 PM
IRL Pennzoil 200
Arie Luyendyk (below), expected to be among the leaders at this Indy Racing League event at Loudon, N.H., has had a turbulent 1997. Two weeks after taking the checkered flag at the Indianapolis 500, Luyendyk burst into Victory Lane at the True Value 500 in Fort Worth to declare (correctly) that he, not Billy Boat, was the rightful winner. Boat's car owner, A.J. Foyt, promptly sucker-punched the driving Dutchman. Now Luyendyk, whose defense against Foyt was about as spirited as Vincent (the Chin) Gigante's in court, sports a T-shirt that reads INDY RASSLIN' LEAGUE.
?ABC, 4 PM
Inside NFL Films: The Idol Makers
Where do we find the intrepid National Geographic Explorer cameras this week? In the frigid Antarctic? Along the shores of the untamed Amazon? No, indoors at the always 68� Louisiana Superdome, tracking the crew of NFL Films as it forages for lasting images from last January's Super Bowl between Green Bay and New England. Then again, standing with-in shouting distance of then Patriots coach Bill Parcells is fraught with its own brand of danger. "We want to show the game the way the players experience it," says NFL Films president Steve Sabol. "The eyeballs bulging, the snot spraying and the sweat flying." A glaring omission: no mention of NFL Films' late (and inimitable) narrator John Facenda.
?TBS, 7 PM
Redskins at Dolphins
The job is his for four more years. Washington quarterback Gus Frerotte beat out his chief rival ( Heath Shuler, now with the New Orleans Saints) in 1996 and recently signed a four-year contract that should keep him entrenched as the leader of, if not the free world, then the Redskins' offense until the year 2001. Despite having thrown just 30 touchdown passes against 29 interceptions in his first three NFL seasons, Frerotte has an approval rating that is high inside and outside the Beltway: Witness the former seventh-round draft pick's selection to his first Pro Bowl last February.
? ESPN, 8 PM
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