His line on O'Meara: "He's a great player, and I admire the way he plays golf. I still say I wouldn't have kept the trophy." And on Westwood: "We sorted it out. I would have no problem being teammates with Lee at the Ryder Cup."
Sandelin says he's already thinking of 1st-tee one-liners should he face O'Meara or Mickelson at Brookline. Let the gamesmanship begin.
Cayman Ball Finds a Home
As USGA technicians test high-performance golf balls, Joe Phelps holds a low-tech wonder. "This one doesn't go too far at all," says Phelps, who runs Rancho del Cielo Lite Golf Course in Temecula, Calif., where only the seldom-seen Cayman ball is allowed.
"With this ball we can have nine holes on our land," says Phelps of his 2,511-yard layout, where the longest hole is a 275-yard par-5 and the driving range is 120 yards deep. "Guys swing hard and try to reach Chomper," Phelps says, nodding toward a horse chewing straw at the far end of the range, "but he only gets hit a few times a week."
The Cayman ball is the brain-child of Jack Nicklaus, who visited the Cayman Islands in 1984, saw how little land he had on which to build a course and asked ball designer Troy Puckett for help. Puckett built a lighter ball by using a Surlyn core and gave it pimples, not dimples. He annually ships 360,000 of them, to 18 short courses in Japan, Phelps's California course and more than 200 high schools and colleges, where P.E. instructors use them. "It performs like a regular ball only when you hit it correctly, so you have to concentrate on tempo and good mechanics," says Puckett. "That's why Nicklaus occasionally practices with one."
Puckett's ball could prove to be a hit with both the USGA and the ASPCA. Just ask Chomper, who barely notices when a Cayman ball bounces off his rump.
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