You Gotta Be Kidding
Now is not a good time in golf to be thinking Ben Hogan, Ben Gay, hickory shafts or hair loss. In case you hadn't grasped that point already, Sergio Garcia, 19, Se Ri Pak, 21, and Tiger Woods, 23, drove it home with victories last week—flouting the speed limit all the way. Payne Stewart and Juli Inkster, those long-toothed linksters, may still win a few majors, but considering that Karrie Webb is 24 and David Duval 27, know this: The kids are coming.
Woods, who in winning the Motorola Western Open at Cog Hill in Lemont, Ill., jumped over Duval to the top of the World Ranking, is finishing four places higher than Duval, on average, this year....
John Daly came in 67th—a stroke out of last—at the Murphy's Irish Open and pulled out of next week's British Open, citing his recent poor play....
Vijay Singh has finished second (Memorial), tied for third (U.S. Open), tied for fifth (Buick Classic) and fourth (Western) in his last four starts.
Se Ri Pak won for the second time in three weeks, in a playoff at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic, because she played the 1st hole at Highland Meadows in one under par. The shortest par-4 on the course at 347 yards, the 1st was nonetheless the toughest hole, with a 4.38 stroke average. Kelli Kuehne, one of the six players tied for the lead at the end of regulation, at eight under, played the 1st in four over for the week.... The six-way playoff broke a 20-year-old tour record.
Christy O'Connor Jr.'s win in the State Farm Senior Classic, his first on U.S. soil, upped the number of first-time winners on the Senior circuit in '99 to seven, the same number as in all of '98.
Nineteen-year-old Irish Open winner Sergio Garcia of Spain is not the youngest player to win a European tour event. Dale Hayes of South Africa was 18 when he won the '71 Spanish Open....