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The Shag Bag
August 17, 1998
Lost Ball: An Elmwood (N.Y.) Country Club caddie sued actor Michael Douglas for $155 million last week, charging that Douglas hit him in the groin with a wild tee shot last October. Caddie James Parker, who says he suffered a ruptured testicle, claims that as he writhed in pain, Douglas "stuffed a small sum of money" into his pocket, then muttered disparaging comments about Parker, who is black. Douglas's publicist released a statement from the actor calling the charges "completely false" and denying that Douglas had hit the ball or made any disrespectful comments.
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August 17, 1998

The Shag Bag

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Lost Ball: An Elmwood (N.Y.) Country Club caddie sued actor Michael Douglas for $155 million last week, charging that Douglas hit him in the groin with a wild tee shot last October. Caddie James Parker, who says he suffered a ruptured testicle, claims that as he writhed in pain, Douglas "stuffed a small sum of money" into his pocket, then muttered disparaging comments about Parker, who is black. Douglas's publicist released a statement from the actor calling the charges "completely false" and denying that Douglas had hit the ball or made any disrespectful comments.

LPGA Blue: Before turning pro, '98 du Maurier Classic champ Brandie Burton contemplated trading her sticks for a nightstick. "I'm still an avid viewer of Cops" says Burton, who came in 18th behind winner Meg Mallon at last week's Star Bank Classic, "and I ride along with the officers when I'm home in California."

Appleby's Return: Stuart Appleby, whose wife died in a traffic accident last month, is expected to play in the PGA. Some players and caddies at the Buick Open wore black ribbons on their caps in tribute to Renay Appleby.

Polland under Siege: Seven days after beating Northern Ireland's Eddie Polland in a sudden-death playoff at the Schroder Senior Masters, 61-year-old Brian Huggett of Wales doubled Polland's trouble. At last week's Senior British Open in Portrush, Northern Ireland, Huggett paired the first extra hole to earn �60,000 and leave Polland suddenly dead again.

Head-on Collision: Australia's Stephen Allan survived a triple-bogey 6 at the 13th hole on Sunday to win the German Open. Allan had been noted for his trouble holding a lead. Of a final-round 81 earlier this season at Cannes, he said, "My head came off." Despite the triple, though, Allan shot a closing 69 to edge Mark Roe, Steve Webster and Ignacio Garrido, who had blown a three-shot lead.

Freak Weather: The temperature in hell dipped below zero last week. Neither Hale Irwin nor Gil Morgan won the Burnet Senior Classic at Coon Rapids, Minn. Leonard Thompson nipped Isao Aoki in sudden death to gain his first Senior title and $225,000, or $1,679 per swing. Irwin tied for third, a shot back, and Morgan settled for 11th.

Kiwi Owie: On July 25 Frank Nobilo wed his longtime girlfriend, Selena Syer, in a secret ceremony in the Bahamas. Ernie Els served as best man. A few days later the New Zealander was beaned by a golf ball at the club where he practices. "The ball hit me just above the left eye," says Nobilo, who needed 30 stitches to close the wound. "I could have lost the eye, and that would have been the end of my career." He isn't sure whether he'll play in this week's PGA. "After the excitement of getting married, this is the last thing I needed," he says, "but I suppose I'm lucky that the ball didn't hit me any lower."

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