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The Week March 2-8
March 15, 1999
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March 15, 1999

The Week March 2-8

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UP and Down

18th at Doral

Ernie Els, Greg Kraft

Steve Williams

Fluff Cowan

Senior tour rookies

PGA Tour rookies

Raymond Floyd

Robert Floyd

Australians on Tour

Europeans on Tour

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Just when you thought it was safe to break out the cynicism, the soddy theater of Steve Elkington, Ernie Els and Greg Kraft saved Doral from the clutches of college basketball. In '99 even the Tour's "off weeks" turn interesting. For the World Match Play: a 38th-hole chip-in. For Tucson: 18th-hole disaster, followed by sudden death. For Doral: apparent sudden death, preempted by a pair of 18th-hole disasters. Not a bad run, without Tiger Woods or David Duval.

PGA

Steve Elkington's six consecutive birdies en route to a one-stroke victory at Doral was the best such streak on Tour this year. The last player to make seven straight was Kirk Triplett, at the '96 Buick Invitational. Dewey Arnette, Bob Goalby and Fuzzy Zoeller share the record, with eight....

Tiger Woods ended speculation about the future of his caddie, Mike (Fluff) Cowan, by announcing on Monday, "Fluff and I both feel it is in our best interests to part ways." The '97 Masters champ has hired Steve Williams, a veteran looper from Australia who has worked for Raymond Floyd for the last dozen years and Greg Norman before that....

Norman became the first golfer to surpass the $12 million mark in career earnings when he won $29,000 for finishing 19th at Doral....

David Toms, whose final-round 64 at last year's Masters was one off the Augusta National course record, opened his final round at Doral eagle-eagle-birdie en route to a 67 and a tie for third.

LPGA

Karrie Webb, whose new cross-handed style has vaulted her to No. 2 in putting this year (up from 49th in '98) and helped produce two wins, will play the next two weeks in preparation for the March 25-28 Dinah Shore. Webb has never won a major....

Arizona State sophomore Grace Park is scheduled to play in two of the next three events on the LPGA tour, but not this week's Welch's Circle K Championship at Randolph North in Tucson. Park shot 66-69-71 last month on that course to win the Arizona Invitational, a collegiate event. Her 206 total would have put her either in the lead or within two shots of it going into the final round in three of the last four Welch's.

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