Shrinking: Think golf's booming everywhere? The South African Masters, scheduled for March 12-15, has been canceled because of a lack of a cosponsor, and the South African tour has shrunk from 11 to six events.
Tiger Woods: "I wish the media would be a little more lenient and not so nitpicky about everything I do."
Jack Nicklaus: He might be back at the U.S. Open after all. The Golden Bear checked with the USGA, which told him "no decision has been made yet" on another exemption. In other words, play well at the Masters, Jack.
Sweden: In a stunner, Annika Sorenstam was named that country's golfer of the year. Gary Player "In my opinion Ernie [Els] will be better in the long run than Tiger."
Golf Heaven: Getting bored because your development has only one course? Move to PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., which is planning to build a sixth.
Drivers: According to the Darrell Survey, in 1997 more than 66% of all Tour pros used Callaway drivers and no other company had more than 10%.
Flicks: Filming has begun on The Tiger Woods Story, a made-for-TV movie produced by Showtime.
Low Pay: The starting salary of a major league umpire is $135,000. A first-year PGA Tour official gets $53,000.