Blond Ambition, Indeed
Honk if you're Swedish. Jarmo Sandelin won in Barcelona and Jesper Parnevik prevailed in Greensboro, N.C., bringing us to Brookline, Mass. Sandelin's the lone Swede in the top 10 on the Euro Ryder Cup list because PGA Tour results don't count. Parnevik (104th) will be a captain's pick. Gabriel Hjertstedt (154th) might be. Robert Karlsson (12th), Patrik Sj�land (14th) and Per-Ulrik Johansson (21st) could make the team, too.
Parnevik is the first wire-to-wire winner on Tour since Ernie Els at the '97 Buick Classic....
Assuming he pocketed the standard 10% of Parnevik's $468,000 winner's share, Lance Ten Broeck earned more caddying last week than he has won on Tour in the last five years combined.
D�j� vu. Australia's Rachel Hetherington birdied the final hole of regulation and the first hole of a playoff to defeat Lorie Kane at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship at Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga. In her only other win, over Annika Sorenstam at last year's Betsy King Classic, Hetherington also birdied the last hole of regulation and the first hole of sudden death....
Fellow Aussie Karrie Webb, who missed a five-footer on 18 that would have put her in the playoff, tied for third and has still finished no worse than eighth in eight starts in '99....
Barb Mucha made 11 birdies (including seven straight) on Saturday to tie an LPGA record on the way to a 62, her career-low by three strokes. She tied for sixth.
With Bruce Fleisher's win at the Home Depot Invitational, which he secured with a three-foot birdie putt on the final hole at the TPC at Piper Glen in Charlotte, rookies have won more than half (six of 11) the tournaments in '99.