Once a slugger, always a slugger: Mark McGwire (below), the recently retired St. Louis Cardinal, played in a pair of pretournament pro-ams at the Toshiba Senior Classic and wowed tour regulars with his Ruthian display of longball. "He's John Daly long, if not longer," John Jacobs says of McGwire, who last Monday eagled the 510-yard 18th hole at Newport Beach Country Club with a driver and a seven-iron. "He could win that long-drive contest no problem. He was hitting his driver so high, we should have called over to John Wayne Airport and warned them to stop landings and takeoffs whenever he got on the tee."
Christie's will auction Nick Faldo's 1988 Porsche 959 on March 25, with the bidding expected to begin at $125,000, a small price to pay for a piece of golf lore. This is the car that Brenna Cepelak—the college student Faldo romanced beginning in 1995, much to the delight of the British tabloids—reportedly bashed several times with a nine-iron when Faldo ended the relationship. According to Christie's, there are no signs of exterior damage on the 959, which has only 6,246 miles on the odometer.
Dr. Wayne Isom, a New York cardiologist, has been treating Jack Nicklaus for high blood pressure. Says Isom, "He has the heart of a 20-year-old. I can't say the same for his back."
The results are in, and 31-year-old Swede Carin Koch was the leading vote-getter in playboy.com's Babes of the LPGA poll. According to the website, Koch has already indicated she won't accept Playboy's offer to pose nude; runner-up Jill McGill (SI, March 11) has expressed interest in a pictorial. A Playboy spokeswoman tells SI that an offer is forthcoming. Our vote for best sport goes to Kris Tschetter, who finished sixth out of nine players but a spot below NONE OF THE ABOVE. Says Tschetter, "Of course I voted for myself. I needed all the help I could get."