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Flatbelly Fleisher's Hawaii 5-0
Bruce Fleisher makes his Senior debut at the Kaanapali Classic after turning 50 on Oct. 16, but Fleisher hasn't exactly been cooling his heels lately. Last December he became the oldest player to earn his PGA Tour card at Q school, in which he finished 11th. He has earned $201,086 on what Senior players call the Diaper Tour in '98. The youngest senior will get plenty of competition this week from defending champ Hale Irwin (above), Hugh Baiocchi, Jim Colbert and Bruce Summerhays. Another title for Irwin would give him seven for the year and add $150,000 to his '98 earnings of $2,499,420, already a record for any tour.
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Martin Needs to Get in Gear
Going into last year's Nike Tour Championship, Steve Flesch stood 24th on the money list. His $54,000 winner's check vaulted him to fourth in the final rankings and earned him a trip to the PGA Tour, on which he'll probably be named '98 rookie of the year. Fleschly fantasies are the rage this week on golf's second-tier tour, where all eyes will focus on Casey Martin, who is 27th on the money list and probably needs a victory to crack the top 15 and win a trip to the Show next year.
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1998: A Golf Odyssey
The first edition of Woods' Golf Odyssey appeared in June 1997 after Dan Wood was joined on die Senior tour by his wife, Sandi, a retired middle school gym teacher. "We send die newsletter to relatives and friends," says Wood, a former four-sport letterman at Tufts who took up golf in 1980, at 33. He earned his Senior tour card in '96 only to lose it last year. As a Monday qualifier this year, he has earned $199,202 to rank 62nd on the money list. The Woods' Sept. 27, 1998, newsletter describes Dan's tie for seventh at die U.S. Senior Open in Pacific Palisades, Calif., where he and Sandi met Jack and Barbara Nicklaus. "Jack was happy because he shot a 69 in die last round," Wood reports. "He asked how I'd done, and I said, 'Two better.' " To carve your name on die Woods' mailing list, write to Woods' Golf Odyssey, Winter Springs Golf Club, 900 W. State Road 434, Winter Springs, Fla., 32708.
Running second to Lee Trevino on the money list as play began at the inaugural Walt Disney World Open, in 1971, Jack Nicklaus knew what he had to do. "If I can't win tomorrow, I don't deserve to be the leading money winner," said Nicklaus, who was ahead by one on the eve of the event's final round. The next day he shot a 68 to top Deane Beman by three and earn his fourth title of the year. Nicklaus's $30,000 first prize ran his 71 earnings to $244,490.50, less than a single victory is worth today but a record at the time. He went on to claim Disney titles—and to repeat as top money winner—in 72 and '73. The Orlando magic of Nicklaus's early-'70s prime was impressive even by Jack's standards. Though he won 70 Tour titles, only at Disney World did he win the same event three times in a row. "This was no Mickey Mouse tournament for me," the Golden Bear said.