Colin Montgomerie's mostly sunny disposition during his return to Houston, his old college stomping grounds, was due to a very familiar face on hand, but it wasn't the mug of a former Houston Baptist teammate. Montgomerie (below) imported from England his longtime sports psychologist, Hugh Mantle, for a rare U.S. appearance, and they got together for skull sessions every night in Montgomerie's hotel room. On Sunday morning the therapy moved to the parking lot of the TPC at The Woodlands, where Montgomerie and Mantle spent 40 minutes chatting in a courtesy car before Monty's 71, which left him mired in 56th place.
?The Pinnacle Distance Challenge roared into Houston last Saturday night, attracting hundreds of sluggers dreaming of the $10,000 prize that comes with outdriving a member of Pinnacle's distance team. (Team member John Daly was a no-show after missing the cut at the Houston Open.) After surviving a series of qualifying rounds, Jeremy West, a 22-year-old grocery store bookkeeper from Abilene, Texas, added the $10,000 to his ledger with a 283-yard bunt Pinnacle's Mike Moulton was the goat, failing to keep any of his four drives inbounds in his matchup with West.
?From April 4 to 14, the Tiger Woods Foundation will auction on eBay a round of golf with its eponymous founder. The minimum bid will be $100,000 and will increase in $25,000 increments. All proceeds will go to the foundation; the expectation is that bidding will reach seven figures. "There are Saudi princes with a billion dollars who are big golf fans," says Earl Woods, the foundation's president. The round will be played on an unspecified date at Isleworth Country Club, in Windermere, Fla. The winning bidder will be allowed to bring along a three-person rooting section.
? Annika Sorenstam and family notwithstanding, the happiest people at the Kraft Nabisco Championship were the caddies, who were welcomed back to the player hospitality tent after an eight-year ban, enacted when a couple of loopers availed themselves of too much free alcohol. The tent also features famously fantastic milkshakes and elaborate food. To guarantee that the coveted privilege would not be revoked again, Jerry Woodard, Beth Daniel's bagman and a member of the LPGA's caddie committee, posted a note in the caddie yard that read, "Anyone screw up and you will be banned from the tour for life."