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The Shag Bag
April 13, 1998
Another Battle: Last month, four years after the LPGA's Heather Farr died of breast cancer, it was announced that her younger sister had the same disease. On April 2 Missy Farr Kay, 30, the Arizona women's amateur champion, underwent a bilateral mastectomy. Her doctors said they were "very optimistic about the chances for a complete cure."
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April 13, 1998

The Shag Bag

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Another Battle: Last month, four years after the LPGA's Heather Farr died of breast cancer, it was announced that her younger sister had the same disease. On April 2 Missy Farr Kay, 30, the Arizona women's amateur champion, underwent a bilateral mastectomy. Her doctors said they were "very optimistic about the chances for a complete cure."

Five-Peat? Laura Davies failed to win a fifth consecutive Standard Register Ping. Now Beth Bauer gets her shot. Bauer, 18, goes for her fifth straight Taylor Made PineIsle (Ga.) Junior Classic title this week.

Pump You Up: When Len Mattiace hit an adrenaline-charged nine-iron over the 17th green and into the drink at the Players Championship, Davis Love III (below) knew how he felt. Love did the same thing on the same hole to lose the '95 Players. "I used to do it a lot. You hit one too solid and it goes too far," Love says. "It's usually when you're excited, and guys with experience factor that in. You learn to drop back a club when you're jacked up, to hit a wedge instead of a nine."

Mistake by the Lake? After a $23 million renovation, Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club landed the '98 Tour Championship, which it hosts in November. Now two former caddies have sued the club for discrimination. "They didn't drug-test any white [employees]," says Richard Trent, who is black and was tested. Greg Giornelli, executive director of the foundation that runs East Lake, calls Trent and coplaintiff Andy Portilla, who is Hispanic, "disgruntled employees trying to extort money."

Kickin' Campaign: The LPGA ad blitz started with a Nancy Lopez TV spot ("A Hall of Famer.... Gave birth three times. Top that, gentlemen.") and segued to a print ad trumpeting Annika Sorenstam's politeness ("It's like getting your butt kicked by Miss Manners"). If you guess which lines apply to Karrie Webb, Michelle McGann and Laura Davies, we'll ask them not to kick your butt: 1) "I want to look my best when lifting the trophy over my head"; 2) "Stands on the tee a lot longer...waiting for the green to clear"; 3) "Imagine a tour so tough, you finish in the top 10 21 times and still only come in second." (Answers: 1. McGann; 2. Davies; 3. Webb)

He Hasn't Got a Prayer: London bookies made Tiger Woods a 30-1 shot to win the Grand Slam in '97.

Or Does He? After Earl Woods called his son golf's chosen one, a Nashville radio host began praying to Tiger on WWTN-FM. "Our last service was the Monday before Tiger won the '97 Western Open," John Ziegler says. "I was fired later that week, and he hasn't won on Tour since. Coincidence? You be the judge. This week the First Church of Tiger Woods returns on WLAC-AM—if he wins the Masters, the evidence of his divinity will be overwhelming."

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