Some people and organizations could have used a second chance in 2000.
Padraig Harrington was disqualified 30 minutes before he teed off with a five-shot lead in the final round of the Benson and Hedges International in Sutton Coldfield, England, after officials discovered he hadn't signed his first-round scorecard. The error came to light when the host hotel asked to frame the potential winner's scorecards.
CBS golf commentator Peter Kostis offered condolences the week after Tour rookie Matt Gogel was nipped by Tiger Woods at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. "Kostis says, 'Matt, you played great, you're not the first guy to get beat by Tiger.' He gave me a five-minute spiel. It was such a nice talk, I didn't have the heart to tell him he had the wrong guy," said Matt Goggin, a Tour rookie often mistaken for Gogel.
Annika Sorenstam, playing out of turn, chipped in during a match at the Solheim Cup, then broke into tears when her U.S. opponents invoked the Rules of Golf and forced her to replay the shot. The Americans won the match but lost the Cup.
Senior tour player Dale Douglass received a lifetime achievement award before the Colorado Open, then was disqualified in the first round for wearing metal spikes.
Tour caddie Max Cunningham was advised by his doctor to skip the PGA in steamy Louisville because of high blood pressure. His bag? Bob May, who lost to Woods in a playoff and pocketed $540,000. "I felt gutted watching it on TV," Cunningham said.
CBS officials admitted they had added the sound of birds chirping during golf telecasts after sharp-eared birdwatchers detected the song of a canyon wren, a bird not found east of Texas, during the telecast of the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich.
Greg Norman pulled out of the Memorial when rain pushed the final round to Monday. Woods had a six-shot lead, Norman was 50th, and he had a round scheduled with Florida governor Jeb Bush on Monday. Governor Bush heard about the delayed finish, figured Norman would be busy in Ohio and—oops!—didn't show up for their round.