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August 06, 2001
Chevy Chase, star of Caddy-shack and hero to golfers everywhere, has a confession. "I hate golf," he says. "I don't do golf. I'm awful." The comedian made his thoughts known last week during Karrie Webb's charity pro-am to benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, held at the Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, N.Y. Appearing as a favor to his pal Reeve, Chase filled out a foursome, cracked jokes about his group's lack of finesse on the greens ("This is like a bunch of grandmothers moving from one pool table to another"), and abruptly left before finishing the round. Guess he was in the wrong nape of the woods....
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August 06, 2001

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Chevy Chase, star of Caddy-shack and hero to golfers everywhere, has a confession. "I hate golf," he says. "I don't do golf. I'm awful." The comedian made his thoughts known last week during Karrie Webb's charity pro-am to benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, held at the Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, N.Y. Appearing as a favor to his pal Reeve, Chase filled out a foursome, cracked jokes about his group's lack of finesse on the greens ("This is like a bunch of grandmothers moving from one pool table to another"), and abruptly left before finishing the round. Guess he was in the wrong nape of the woods....

So you're in L.A. for the Mercedes-Benz Cup tennis tournament and you've got time to kill. What do you do? If you're U.S. Open champion Marat Safin, you drop by the Playboy Mansion. Accepting an invitation from tennis buff Hugh Hefner, Safin (right) stopped in at the famed residence last week and had a poolside dinner with Hef and a few other guests, including Mansion rat Scott Baio. Afterward, Safin and Hefner retired to a viewing room to watch America's Sweethearts. The sybaritic lifestyle must not be good for Safin's game: A few days later Xavier Malisse upset Safin 7-5, 6-3....

To every Olympic gold medalist who's considering an acting career, we've got one thought for you: Bruce Jenner in Can't Stop the Music. Despite that dire warning, we don't expect the tide of athlete-thespians to ebb. Indeed, next week swimmer Amy Van Dyken will join the Denver stage production of The Vagina Monologues. Meanwhile, Tara Lipinski has been cast in an independent feature called The Metro Chase, about an eight-year-old boy who gets lost in Paris. Lipinski plays an American who helps look for the kid. The skater, who is working with an acting coach, hopes the film will jumpstart her Hollywood career. Her one provision: no skating roles.

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