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June 15, 1998
Start Your Engine: With the sun setting over Cincinnati's Clovernook Country Club on Monday, Casey Martin sank a 20-foot birdie putt to win a playoff in a sectional qualifier for next week's U.S. Open. He will ride a specially designed cart at San Francisco's Olympic Club.
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June 15, 1998

The Shag Bag

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Start Your Engine: With the sun setting over Cincinnati's Clovernook Country Club on Monday, Casey Martin sank a 20-foot birdie putt to win a playoff in a sectional qualifier for next week's U.S. Open. He will ride a specially designed cart at San Francisco's Olympic Club.

Winners Never Quit: After getting stuck in traffic on Sunday morning, Stuart Appleby walked a mile to the TPC at Avenel, where he shot 72 to win the Kemper Open.

Shoot, a 59: Doug Dunakey had just cleared 55 when he had a head-on collision with history. Last Friday at the Nike Miami Valley Open, Dunakey (below) birdied the 17th hole at Heatherwoode Golf Club in Springboro, Ohio, with his 54th shot of the day. He hit a solid drive (55) and a decent six-iron approach (56) on the 441-yard, par-4 home hole. "I was thinking 57," he says. But after running his 25-foot birdie putt two feet past, he missed the gimme that would have given him the scoring record in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event. "I lost my focus," Dunakey admitted after settling for the second 59 on the Nike tour in a month, the fourth in PGA and Nike tour history. He eventually tied for second, two shots behind victor Craig Bow-den. Al Geiberger, the original Mr. 59, got the news at the Nationwide Senior Classic, where lie finished 31st. "I dodged a bullet," Geiberger said of the yip that cost Dunakey a 58.

Premium Quacker: John Jacobs, the longest driver on the Senior tour, never took the game too seriously. "I was a bit of a degenerate. I liked to party and sometimes golf got in the way," says Jacobs, who won the Nationwide to end his 30-year drought on the PGA and Senior tours. An expert horseplayer, he won $800,000 gambling last year, then took a vacation. "I have a little pontoon boat," Jacobs says. "I smoked my cigars, floated around, drank a little wine and talked to the ducks."

Half a Six Pack: "Some other girls have played well. There's not much I can do about that," said Annika Sorenstam, winless in '98 going into last week's Michelob Light Classic. Then she did something: She edged Donna Andrews in a playoff to bag her third Michelob Light. "It means a lot, getting some of that burden off my back," said Sorenstam, standing tall again.

Real Quiet: With little fanfare, runner-up Andrews nosed into first place in the LPGA money race with $465,434. "Golf isn't my whole life. That's why I don't play many events. I go home to play with my horses and my husband," said Andrews, who has a stable at her house in Pinehurst, N.C.

Mystery Quote: "I was up all night, I was filthy, I was slimy, and I loved it." Dennis Rodman in Las Vegas? No, that's Andrews, recalling a night when she helped deliver a foal.

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