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Edited by Kevin Cook
November 23, 1998
School of Hard KnocksFor 169 pros, Q school '98 might be a final chance to make the grade
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November 23, 1998

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The Austin-based golf coach first encountered lasers as a physics major at Indiana. He used them while working for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., from 1961 to '75. The LazrAimer, which he invented last year, is small enough to fit in a suitcase. It can be set up in a locker room, living room or hotel room. The machine, which serves as a target, fires a beam at a mirror affixed to the blade of your putter. If you're properly aligned, the beam returns to sender.

"There's nothing Rhodes Scholarly about it," says Pelz. "It's simple geometry, and it works."

Weiskopf's Return?
Snappy Tom

Last week we asked Tom Weiskopf to confirm reports that he would play eight to 12 Senior tour events in 1999. The '73 British Open and '95 U.S. Senior Open champ, who hasn't entered a tournament in a year and a half, said that while his course-design business would always come first, he was "entertaining the possibility of playing next year."

Weiskopf, 56, feels lucky to be swinging a club at all. In May '97 he noticed a small black dot on his left forearm. As a golfer with a fair complexion, he knew he was at risk for skin cancer. "We didn't have good sunblock when I was playing," he says. "No one talked about the dangers of the sun."

The mole on his arm turned out to be a malignant melanoma. Two rounds of surgery removed it but also took a large chunk of muscle from Weiskopf's forearm and severed enough nerves to leave his hand numb. Unable to grip his clubs properly, he quit playing. Sensation slowly returned, though, and two months ago he began testing his swing. "It's wonderful to feel the club again," he says. "I'll spend some quality practice time and take it from there."

Just don't ask him to pose for a picture while swinging a club. "I won't do that," Weiskopf says tightly. "I am a golf-course designer."

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