The Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Of the top 50 in the world, only Mark McNulty, Brian Watts and Bill Glasson aren't entered
Nabisco Dinah Shore, Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
This year's purse is up $100,000 to $1 million, but it's still the smallest for a women's major
Southwestern Bell Dominion, Dominion Country Club, San Antonio
Watch for Raymond Floyd, who has finished sixth or better in four of five Senior starts
You'll Hardly See Grass at Sawgrass
The defending Players Championship champ, Steve Elkington, is allergic to grass but not to Sawgrass. Perhaps that's because the Stadium Course, with its 18 water hazards, seems to feature more surf than turf. The 17th hole, surrounded by water, offers a respite for sod-fearing men like Elkington but also presents the possibility of Sunday-afternoon carnage. This week Sawgrass serves as the backdrop for the Players, which has grown into a mini-major. Many of the Tour's top cats will then take a week off to prepare for the Masters. Whoever wins at Sawgrass will leave Florida with a sobering thought: Nobody has won the Players and the Masters in the same year.
? NBC, SATURDAY, 2 PM; SUNDAY, 3 PM
It's Finah to Take a Dip at the Dinah
Here's the rare tournament at which everybody wants to land in the water on the last hole. In the LPGA's splashiest tradition, Dinah Shore champions leap into the pond beside the 18th green to celebrate winning the season's first major. Dinah herself swam with winner Amy Alcott in 1991, Shore-ing up a precedent set by Alcott in '88. Last year Betsy King took the plunge (above), then donned a bathrobe to pose for pictures with the trophy. "If that's the price you pay to win," King says, "I'll do it every year." Her victory came courtesy of Kelly Robbins, whose bogey-bogey-double-bogey plunge had come earlier on the back nine. This week, lifeguards should watch for Robbins as well as Karrie Webb, '93 champ Helen Alfredsson, '96 runner-up Annika Sorenstam and Dinah mite Alison Nicholas, the five-foot-tall U.S. Open champion.
?ABC, SATURDAY, 4:30 PM; SUNDAY, 4 PM
Leave the Local Driving to Albus
Don't be surprised if San Antonio turns into another 'Bus stop on the Senior tour. Jim Albus won at Dominion in 1994 and '95. He won this year's GTE Classic and finished 10th two weeks ago at the Toshiba Classic. In the absence of Gil Morgan and Hale Irwin, Albus might have the rest of the field in his rearview by Sunday.
?GOLF CHANNEL, SAT. 6 PM; SUN., 6:30 PM
Picture This: An Official Golf Artist Who Canvasses the Course