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The Week Nov, 23-29
December 06, 1999
A Minor Miracle
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December 06, 1999

The Week Nov, 23-29

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UP and Down

Fred Couples

David Duval

Aaron Baddeley

Greg Norman



Fanny Sunesson

Nick Faldo



A Minor Miracle

We were thrilled when Tiger Woods won the '97 Masters at 21, but today golf has gone positively peach fuzz. An 18-year-old, Aaron Baddeley, won the Australian Open (beating Greg Norman, among others) in a fitting end to the year of Woods, Sergio Garcia, 19, and the 13-year-old Wongluekiet twins—Naree, who won again last Saturday, and Aree. Golf is still about the majors, but these minors matter.


John Daly, who gave up a $3 million endorsement deal with Callaway so he could resume drinking and gambling, asked to play in the Nov. 18-20 Callaway Invitational at Pebble Beach but was turned down....

Jaxon Brigman, 28, of Abilene, Texas, missed earning his Tour card by a stroke when he mistakenly signed for a 66 after shooting a 65 in the final round of Q school at Doral Resort and Spa in Miami....

Fanny Sunesson has resigned as Nick Faldo's caddie after 10 years....

Woods's 15 Tour victories in his first three years beat the old record of 14 set by Horton Smith in 1928-30....

The $400,000 Woods collected for winning the PGA Grand Slam in Kauai, Hawaii, increased his overall earnings to $7,681,836 in 1999.


The 2001 PGA Seniors Championship is scheduled for May 24-27 at Ridge-wood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., marking the first time since 1938 that the Seniors' oldest major has been played outside Florida.

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