How Swede It Is: European Solheim Cup captain Pia Nilsson insists she wasn't playing favorites on Sunday when she gave four of the squad's five wild-card berths to players from her native Sweden. "All I can count on is my conscience, and I'm comfortable," says Nilsson. Along with Annika Sorenstam, who won last week's Compaq Open, and Helen Alfredsson, who like Sorenstam earned enough points in European tour play to qualify, captain's choices Sophie Gustafson, Catrin Nilsmark, Liselotte Neumann and Charlotta Sorenstam—Annika's sister—will face Judy Rankin's American team on Sept. 18-20 at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Rounding out the Euro roster will be Laura Davies, Lisa Hackney, Trish Johnson and Alison Nicholas of England, Scotland's Catriona Matthew and France's Marie-Laure de Lorenzi. "This is the strongest team Europe has ever had," Nilsson says.
Money Player: Last week's Northville Long Island Classic featured presidential Viagra jokes—"Be like Bill and take the pill," said Chi Chi Rodriguez—and a champion whose vigor hasn't waned in 45 years as a pro. Gary Player, who had double-hernia surgery last year but still does 1,000 sit-ups a day, edged Walter Hall and J.C. Snead by a stroke to win his 19th Senior title and $150,000. At 62, the man other Seniors call Laddie became the second-oldest winner in tour history, behind Mike Fetchick, who was 63 when he won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors. "I think I can win out here when I'm 70," Player said.
Buena Baena: Two-time NCAA player of the year Marisa Baena turned pro last week and finished 47th at the LPGA Rainbow Classic at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minn., nine shots behind winner Hiromi Kobayashi. Baena, a native of Colombia who played for Arizona, sported a Wildcats shirt and cap during her debut and earned $1,928.
Invisible Man: John Daly, who has either missed the cut or been disqualified in his last five tournaments—not counting the rain-delayed AT&T, in which he also missed the cut—says he has had it for this year and may ask to be replaced on the U.S. Dunhill Cup team. "I wouldn't be any help right now," says Daly, who has not had a top 20 finish since March.
Just Blowing Through: Sergio Garcia, who hopes to breeze through this week's U.S. Amateur, tuned up by winning the Apawamis Junior in Rye, N.Y., by three shots.
Big Yak Attack: Nike ad man Adam Roth says that shooting his company's Golfing Everest print and TV spots on Mount Blackomb in British Columbia, was "a learning experience." The crew faced out-of-control snowmobiles, avalanche warnings and fickle beasts of burden. "Sherpas use yaks to carry gear up Everest, so we flew a yak in for the shoot," says Roth. "We had a helicopter ready to take him up the mountain, but he refused to get on it. We had to leave our yak back at the hotel."