Is Zoran Zorkic tomorrow's David Duval? Everyone's a dreamer on America's mini-tours. Pros such as Zorkic toil at tournaments like the Ronald McDonald House Classic at Pine Hills Country Club in Monroe, La., this week's Hooters tour stop. The McPurse in Monroe is $100,000, not much more than Ernie Els made for finishing 11th at the Players Championship. (At least the event has a name and title sponsor. The Emerald Coast tour—whose top earner, Wes Tuck, has made $8,000—comes to Destin, Fla., with neither.) Zorkic, a two-time Hooters winner and the runner-up at the Jackaroo Classic two weeks ago, seeks revenge against Jackaroo champ Garrett Willis, who leads the Hooters money list with $27,000. On this or any other mini, that's a figure to turn heads.
The Longhorns Hook 'Em Like They Never Hooked 'Em Before
The NCAA's late-signing period began on April 8, but most top-ranked junior golfers had already made their college plans. The most popular destination is Austin, where first-year coach John Fields has brought in Texas's best crop since the Ben Cren-shaw- Tom Kite days of three decades ago. Fields landed David Gossett of Germantown, Tenn., the nation's top-ranked junior at the end of last season; No. 2 John Klauk; No. 14 Russell Surber; and No. 15 Matt Brost, as well as Cully Barragan, an honorable mention All-America. "Who's not going to Texas is a shorter list," quips Oklahoma State coach Mike Holder. Defending NCAA champ Pepperdine reeled in 7th-ranked Jason Allred plus No. 19 Michael Beard, son of ESPN announcer and former Tour player Frank, while Southern Cal got 11th-ranked Kevin Stadler, Craig's son, and BYU signed 41st-rated Todd Miller, son of Johnny.
The Masters Master's Voice
"The boys can run faster, jump higher and run farther than in the old days," said Bobby Jones in 1953. Ben Hogan had just shattered the Masters scoring record by five strokes, and Jones, with typical grace, was acknowledging the superiority of Hogan's generation to his own. Other witnesses believed Hogan's 14-under 274, which was 12 shots better than Sam Snead's winning total of the year before, would never be erased. Then came 1965, when Jack Nicklaus shot 271 and Jones predicted Nicklaus would "wind up shooting in the 50s." Nicklaus's mark stood until Tiger Woods, four golfing generations removed from Jones, shot 270 last year. What would the event's creator have said about Tiger? Perhaps what he said of Nicklaus: "He plays a game with which I am not familiar."