PGA Tour veteran Phil Tataurangi, 30, is on the verge of having heart surgery—as soon as it can be scheduled widi his surgeon, Richard Page. "He's in Saudi Arabia at the moment, operating on the king," Tataurangi said last week at Greensboro, where he finished 30th. The Dallas-based Kiwi suffers from supraventricular tachycardia, a condition that occasionally causes his heart to race at up to 190 beats a minute because of a blocked valve. Tataurangi had one such episode last year at the Air Canada Championship during which he passed out, and he endured a milder spell last mondi at the BellSouth Classic. The arthroscopic procedure that Tataurangi is awaiting will unblock the valve and restore proper blood flow. Of his current condition, he says, "It's not fatal, according to die advice I've had. Having said that, I've got a history of heart problems in my family, so it's something I'm anxious to sort out."
? Ty Tryon scored a rare double bogey last week, announcing that he has mononucleosis as well as tonsillitis. The 17-year-old rookie is on the shelf indefinitely.
? Tom Weiskopf made his first Senior tour start in more than two years at the Tradition, and he admits, "I stood on the 1st tee and was a little anxious." The always outspoken Weiskopf had an interesting take on the state of the Senior tour, saying, "I look at it as nothing more than a pension plan. A lot of these guys didn't get into die PGA Tour's plan because it was implemented after they left."
?The Senior tour sent letters to its members last week informing them that the two-year-old Siebel Classic in San Jose is in jeopardy beyond 2003 because of the depressed economy in Silicon Valley.
?This week's LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship in Stock-bridge, Ga., should come widi a PG-13 rating: Charles Barkley is expected to caddie for his friend Kris Tschetter.