Texas Tornado: Laura Davies (below) used a new driver and a tailwind to drive die 368-yard par-4 4th hole at Stonebriar Country Club during last week's LPGA Skins Game in Frisco, Texas. She won die event with 10 skins worth $270,000, topping Karrie Webb (four skins, $140,000), defending champ Annika Sorenstam (three skins, $100,000) and Nancy Lopez (one skin, $30,000), who shouted "You're the woman!" as Davies's bomb rolled to a stop 30 feet from the cup. Davies said her custom-made Maruman Conductor LX titanium driver had made "an incredible difference. I'm consistently hitting my drives 300 yards." On Sunday, tour officials used a tape measure to determine that her tee ball the previous day had actually gone 372 yards.
Rock 'n' Roll: A Michigan manufacturer of countertops has found a use for its scrap. The Old World Stone Company reports strong sales of Pro-Magma: The World's Only Granite Putter. The hand-polished mallet of Norwegian granite comes with a $100 price tag.
Air Sigel: During a first-round 74 at last week's Bell Atlantic Classic, Jay Sigel, faced with a fluffy lie, slid his sand wedge under the ball, which mocked him by remaining at his feet. Said Sigel, "I was looking up, wondering, Where is it?" He rebounded on Saturday, shooting a Senior record 27 on the front nine on his way to a 62. ("Congratulations for shooting my age," said Dale Douglass.) On Sunday, Sigel's drive at 15 found knee-deep fescue, and again he whiffed. Yet he subdued Jose Maria Canizares on the third playoff hole to earn $165,000. "That's probably a record, two whiffs in one tournament," Sigel said.
Ace Reporter: Sometime SI correspondent Derek Lawrenson holed a 175-yard three-iron for an ace during a pro-am in England last week His prize: a $326,000 Lmborghini.
Easy's Pickings: While Ernie Els was playing at the Byron Nelson Classic in Texas two weeks ago, thieves broke through a security gate at his home in George, South Africa, and made off with valuables including clubs and trophies. The crooks didn't get Els's U.S. Open trophies but did take his Range Rover, which they soon totaled in a single-car crash that left one man dead. "They flipped the car over on a straight road, so I don't know if they were drinking or what," Els said last week at the Volvo PGA Championship in England, where he tied for second behind Colin Montgomerie.
Right Hite: During a skills competition before last week's Corning Classic, which Tammie Green won by seven shots, Kathy Hite asked if other players would turn their backs while she hit. "I don't want them to watch," said Hite, who won die '81 Corning but now sells real estate and feared she was so rusty she might embarrass herself. She then stuck a 40-yard wedge shot six inches from the cup.
Fender Bender: Last week at die 116-yard par-3 4th hole at Beaver Brook Golf Course in Haydenville, Mass., sheet-metal worker Todd Obuchowski hit his seven-wood tee shot over the green. His ball sailed into highway traffic and struck a Toyota, causing $150 in damage, then caromed back onto the green and rolled into the cup.