World Cup of Golf, Gulf Harbour Country Club, Auckland, New Zealand
Odd couple John Daly and Scott Verplank could use the luck of the '97 champion Irish
LPGA Tour Championship, Desert Inn Golf Club, Las Vegas
Defending champion Annika Sorenstam is looking to repeat as player of the year
World Amateur Team, Club de Golf Los Leones and Club de Golf La Dehesa, Santiago, Chile
The best four-man squad gets to keep the Eisenhower Trophy until the year 2000
Daly to Play Sock-'er Style
As far as World Cups are concerned, the game of hooligans has a huge edge on the game of mulligans. Soccer's showcase is the world's No. 1 sporting event. Golf's World Cup is a late-season afterthought, though it is a venerable one that dates to 1954. Fred Couples and Davis Love III resuscitated the 32-team event with four straight wins from 1992 to '95, but Boom Boom and 3D will be no-shows this year. That may cede Worldly glory to John Daly and Scott Verplank. The U.S. team's blond bombers will be gunning for defending champs Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley of Ireland and '97 medalist Colin Montgomerie of Scotland.
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For Sorenstam, A Show Means a Win
Going into the season-ending PageNet LPGA Tour Championship at the Desert Inn Golf Club in Las Vegas, Annika Sorenstam leads Se Ri Pak by $215,000 in the LPGA money hunt. First place this week is worth $215,000. Still, there will be no dead heat in the desert because there's no cut at the Tour Championship. Sorenstam needs only to show up to claim a guaranteed $8,700. The money chase may be over, but a Pak victory at Desert Inn combined with a poor showing by Sorenstam might turn the player of the year race into a photo finish.
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