The 25th annual Alex Alexander PGA Tour Caddie Tournament was held on May 13 in Fort Worth, Texas, attracting more than 60 loopers to Squaw Creek Golf Club as well as a decent-sized gallery that included Sergio Garcia. Corby Segal (who packs for Brent Geiberger) and Alan Kopplin ( J.L. Lewis) both shot even-par 72s, with Segal winning the playoff to take the $1,800 first-place check. The $16,000 purse was contributed by Tour players and various equipment companies. "I wish I knew we were playing for that much money" said Kopplin, who won $1,200. "I was drinking beer all day, and he was drinking Diet Coke."
David Frost and his eponymous wine label provided the vino—a 1999 cabernet and a 2000 chardonnay—for the Wednesday-night champions' dinner at the Colonial, but the gracious vintner couldn't help but uncork a few zingers about the tastes of his fellow players. Said Frost, the '97 Colonial champ, " Blaine McCallister always wants to know when I'm going to put a screw top on the bottle."
Catrin Nilsmark created quite a stir with her arrival on the driving range last Friday afternoon at the Asahi Championship. A onetime runway model, the 5'11" Nilsmark was wearing a pair of barely-there plaid shorts. "I wonder where she puts her tees?" one player asked, inspiring a colleague to respond, "You don't want to know."
Wondering why Retief Goosen's scoring has been so sluggish of late? The Deutsche Bank, in which he finished 60th, was his 37th appearance worldwide since he won the 2001 U.S. Open.
Tour bad boy Garrett Willis was DQ'd from the Colonial for failing to sign his scorecard on Friday. Following a 3�-hour rain delay, Willis was six over par playing the 18th hole, and after he drove into the trees, the horn sounded, signaling the end of play due to darkness. His playing partners Robert Allenby and Scott Verplank finished out the hole, as is their perogative, but Willis headed straight for the clubhouse, abandoning his drive. A volunteer picked up the ball as a souvenir.