B.C. Open, En-Joie Golf Club, Endicott, N.Y.
Broome County's big clash features Gabriel Hjertstedt's quest for back-to-back crowns
Solheim Cup, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
Captain Pia Nilsson's Europeans appear to have more firepower than Judy Rankin's U.S. team
Kroger Senior Classic, Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, Ohio
Defending champ Jay Sigel trails only Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan and Larry Nelson in '98 earnings
Troph�e Lanc�me, St. Nom la Bret�che, Paris
Defending champ Mark O'Meara returns to the scene of his infamous 1997 mis-mark
Gabriel Can't Afford to Blow It
Gabriel Hjertstedt may lead the Tour in consonants, but he has lost his A game and might soon need to pay entry fees with IOUs. The pride of Umea, Sweden, who won the 1997 B.C. Open, has missed the cut in 11 of his 20 starts this year and is in danger of losing his Tour card. Hjertstedt, who moved up 27 spaces on the money list with a tie for ninth at Milwaukee two weeks ago, might enjoy himself even more at En-Joie Golf Club this week. Of the 25 money leaders, only Jim Furyk will be on hand to challenge Hjertstedt as he defends his title against such lesser lights as Michael Bradley and Steve Pate.
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Swede'n'Low In the Cup
European players have finished either first or second on the LPGA money list every year since 1994. In three of those four years they have taken two of the top three spots. How then did the U.S. win the '94 Solheim Cup and repeat (above) in '96? Answer: by exploiting the Europeans' chronic lack of depth. While winning the last two showdowns, the U.S. has consistently prevailed in the matchups of lower-ranked players on the 12-woman squads. First-time European captain Pia Nilsson hopes to turn the tide with meditation, yoga and nutrition, including some serious home cooking—Nilsson spent four of her five wild-card picks on pros from her native Sweden.
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