?SENIORS: Raymond Floyd, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino combined have earned less this year than Hale Irwin has.
?VARDON TROPHY: Tiger Woods is a lock to win it, right? Nick Price leads with a scoring average of 68.71 versus Tiger's 68.89.
?BETHPAGE BLACK: The USGA will spend $2.5 million to get this muni in shape for the 2002 U.S. Open, but the weekday greens fee will remain only $25.
? JOHNNY MILLER: "I'm not sure that the most talented player I ever saw wasn't myself."
? FRANK LICKLITER: On why he pulled a knife, for which he was arrested, on another patron at a Duluth, Ga., sports bar: "He just made me mad, and I wasn't going to tolerate it."
?CURTIS STRANGE: "I don't think television work has screwed up my game. I've pretty much taken care of that on my own."
?TOP COURSES: The only good architect is a dead architect? Not one of the top 15 courses in the world ranked by Golf magazine was built after 1935.
?OLD STORY: Women's Mid-Am champ Carol Semple Thompson, 49, is the oldest winner of a nonsenior USGA event.