Tour regular Jeff Gove didn't get into the U.S. Open as the first alternate out of the Rockville, Md., qualifying site, but last week he was part of another exclusive crowd—the audience for the Late Show with David Letterman. Because alternates aren't allowed to play the tournament course, Gove and his wife, Heather, forsook Long Island and stayed instead in Times Square, enjoying a second honeymoon of sorts. (They were married in December.) While strolling around Manhattan on June 11, they happened upon the Ed Sullivan Theatre, which was swarming with a heavily pierced crowd that had turned out for Dave's guest David Bowie. Idling in front of the theater, the Goves were approached by a Late Show representative who was trying to find some Letterman fans to balance out the Bowie zealots. Heather scored two tickets when she aced a short quiz on Dave-related trivia. "It was so much fun to see the insides of the show," says Jeff. "They film it in an hour, no retakes, no mulligans."
Charles Howell and his fashion-forward wardrobe elicited plenty of attention from Bethpage's hecklers. The best line Howell heard? "Hey, the Jesper Parnevik look-alike contest is next week."
Howell bogeyed the final two holes on Sunday to finish 18th, a tough break since the top 15 earn exemptions to next year's Open. Jay Haas, 48, birdied the 72nd hole to sneak into a three-way tie for 12th.
LPGA rookie Candie Kung qualified for last week's Evian Masters by tying for fifth at the Kellogg-Keebler Classic on June 2, but there was only one problem—the native of Taiwan didn't have a visa to travel to France, nor did her mother, father and brother, who were planning to go with her. Two days after the completion of the Classic, in Aurora, Ill., Candie's mother, Chao, visited the French consulate in Chicago, only to be referred to the consulate in Washington, D.C., which happened to be near that week's McDonald's LPGA Championship in Wilmington, Del. After the family drove all night from Illinois, Candie's brother-caddie, Justin, went to the French consulate in D.C., only to be informed that the visas had to be issued in the family's home state, California. (They reside in Rowland Heights.) So Chao caught an evening flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, only a day after having been rebuffed in Chicago. She returned 24 hours later with the visas. For all the trouble, Candie finished 65th at the Masters.