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May 20, 2002
The highlight of the LPGA's Electrolux Championship was a May 7 concert featuring tournament hosts Vince Gill and Amy Grant, but it wasn't Nancy Lopez's duet with Gill that had the tour buzzing. After the show, commissioner Ty Votaw, who was spotted imbibing during the evening, was backing up his rental car in the parking lot when he tapped an automobile owned by Jack Thomas, the tournament's chairman of marshals. "There was no damage, there was no police report, so there's no story," Votaw tells SI. Asked about rumors that he had been overserved during the concert, Votaw says, "I did have a few beers, but I was O.K. to drive."
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May 20, 2002

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The highlight of the LPGA's Electrolux Championship was a May 7 concert featuring tournament hosts Vince Gill and Amy Grant, but it wasn't Nancy Lopez's duet with Gill that had the tour buzzing. After the show, commissioner Ty Votaw, who was spotted imbibing during the evening, was backing up his rental car in the parking lot when he tapped an automobile owned by Jack Thomas, the tournament's chairman of marshals. "There was no damage, there was no police report, so there's no story," Votaw tells SI. Asked about rumors that he had been overserved during the concert, Votaw says, "I did have a few beers, but I was O.K. to drive."

? PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem was called on the carpet at the TD Waterhouse Championship by an angry bunch of his Senior constituents who were clamoring for their own commish. Finchem oversees the Senior tour, along with its chief of operations, Jeff Monday, but with the over-50 set losing sponsors and TV viewers, some players feel the tour needs stronger leadership. During the contentious meeting on May 7, Finchem was presented with two names to consider for the post—former major league baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth and retired Gaylord Management executive Terry London. Jim Colbert, a 20-time Senior winner, has since made it known that he, too, is interested in the job.

?Last week's Benson & Hedges was a disastrous Ryder Cup dress rehearsal for the European squad. Team members Thomas Bj�rn, Niclas Fasth and Paul McGinley had rounds in the 80s at the Belfry, site of the Sept. 27-29 match, sparking criticism of the course's narrow fairways and deep rough framing the greens. "The setup is perfect for the Americans," said former Ryder Cupper Eamonn Darcy. This carping was overshadowed by a spat between teammates Colin Montgomerie and Phillip Price. Having recently parted ways with longtime caddie Alastair McLean, Monty poached Price's bagman, Andy Prodger, for this week's Deutsche Bank-SAP Open. Poor Price got the news from his wife and afterward fumed, "[Montgomerie and Prodger] could have had enough respect for me not to let me find out that way."

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