A roll call of American no-shows for this week's British Open: Fred Couples (lost interest), Ben Crenshaw (the dog ate my game), John Daly (issues, man), Brad Faxon (sore wrist), Scott Hoch (says his foot hurts), Steve Jones (undisclosed illness), Tom Kite (no can play) and Jack Nicklaus (barely ambulatory). Would all of these players bail on a Stateside major, say the Masters, under like circumstances? Not bloody likely.
A final-round 66 at Brown Deer Park gave Carlos Franco a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman in the Greater Milwaukee Open and made him the fourth multiple winner in '99, joining David Duval, Payne Stewart and Tiger Woods....
U.S. Amateur champ Hank Kuehne will make his pro debut next week at the John Deere Classic in Coal Valley, Ill....
Ladbrokes of London has made Woods the favorite, at 5 to 1, to win the Open, while Duval is 10 to 1.
By winning the Michelob Light Classic at Forest Hills in St. Louis, Annika Sorenstam broke a winless streak that dated back to last Sept. 13 and was the longest of her career. Sorenstam, who beat Tina Barrett on the third hole of sudden death, became the fifth player to win the same LPGA tournament three years in a row. Laura Davies won the Standard Register Ping four straight times from '94 through '97....
Marisa Baena was slapped with a one-stroke penalty when her caddie dropped a towel on her ball, causing it to move. She missed the cut by a shot.