The only player with anything good to say about 17 was Rocco Mediate, who played the hole in even par for the week. "I used to have trouble driving there," he said. "Now it fits my eye perfectly."
Only one player, Phil Mickelson, refused to evaluate the changes. "It's too early to give a rating," he said, "but I question if we're messing with history."
Second Caddie Killed
Another Tragic Loss for Douglass
During his 14 years on the Senior tour, Dale Douglass has had only two caddies, and both of them have been killed while in town for a tournament. The most recent death occurred at last week's PGA Seniors Championship in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. At about 9:30 p.m. on April 13 in nearby Jupiter, Paul (Cowboy) Dayhoff was trying to get to his hotel by crossing U.S. 1 when he was struck by a car. Dayhoff was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at St Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach. He was 55. "Cowboy has always been very popular with everybody" said Douglass, who withdrew from the PGA Seniors.
Dayhoff had taken over Douglass's bag from Walter (John) Gerski, who was murdered during the May 1987 Silver Pages Classic in Oklahoma City. After a Saturday night argument over a woman, Gerski, 37, was shot in his hotel room by his roommate, Joe Willie Benton, who caddied for Senior tour player James Barber. The day after the murder Douglass shot a 70 and finished 19th. "Walter was on my mind all day," Douglass said.
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