Memorial, Muirfield Village Golf Club (below), Dublin, Ohio
Before he won at the Colonial, Tom Watson's lone victory in 10 years was at the '96 Memorial
Wegmans Rochester International, Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, N.Y.
Nancy Lopez has won three times at Rochester, while Patty Sheehan has four victories here
Pittsburgh Senior Classic, Sewickley Heights Golf Club, Sewickley Heights, Pa.
Defending champ Hugh Baiocchi played Sewickley quickly last month and liked the new venue
NCAA Championships, New Mexico Championship Golf Club, Albuquerque
Led by medalist Matt Kuchar, Georgia Tech won the East Regional by six shots
Rain's the Bane Of Bear's Lair
The rain-plagued third round of the 1997 Memorial took three days. After the most sluggish 18 holes on Tour in a dozen years, weather-beaten host Jack Nicklaus presented the trophy to Vijay Singh at the end of 54 holes. History at Jack's track, the Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village Golf Course in Dublin—the Seattle of Ohio—is awash in such watershed moments. In its 22 years the Memorial has been marred by moisture 13 times. Even sunny skies don't guarantee fast play. The '78 Memorial was won by Jim (the Human Rain Delay) Simons, the slowest turtle on Tour. If the weather follows form this week, David Duval, Ernie Els and Tiger Woods will have to catch Singh in the rain.
?ABC, SATURDAY, 4 PM; SUNDAY, 3 PM
New Deal at Locust Has Tour Stars Abuzz
Helen Alfredsson, Laura Davies and Se Ri Pak swarm Locust Hill Country Club this week, hoping to pester defending champ Penny Hammel into relinquishing her crown. Dottie Pepper, Rochester's 1996 champ, was hopping mad last year after blowing a two-foot putt on the final hole to hand the hardware to Hammel. This year's tournament has a new sponsor, the Wegmans supermarket chain; a new TV contract, with ESPN2; and a purse that jumps by $100,000 to $700,000, with $105,000 of that long green earmarked for the winner. That's 3� times what Kathy Whitworth earned here in 1984, when she claimed her 85th tour victory to pass Sam Snead on the alltime list.
? ESPN2, SATURDAY, 2:30 PM; SUNDAY, 1 PM