Tom Watson took time out from his preparations for the Senior Open in Owings Mills, Md., to throw out the first pitch when the Orioles hosted the Yankees on June 25, firing a decent heater down the middle. It was long-overdue redemption for Watson, who in a previous star turn uncorked a wild pitch at the 1985 World Series, when his hometown Kansas City Royals were hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. "The catcher didn't even put his arm up, the pitch was so far over his head," says Bruce Edwards, Watson's longtime caddie. "So this time around Tom was very pleased."
?In the wake of Mi Hyun Kim's final-round collapse at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA two weeks ago, the four-year veteran fired caddie Worth Blackwelder, pushing her number of ex-loopers deeper into double figures. Other Koreans have been similarly extravagant in handing out pink slips. Both Jeong Jang and Gloria Park are on their third caddies of the year, while Hee-Won Han recently fired her bag man despite being in the top 10 on the money list at the time.
?During the second round of the Murphy's Irish Open, at Fota Island, Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden aced the 168-yard 11th hole, earning a free pint of stout for every ticket holder, courtesy of the title sponsor.
?Not since Jos� Mar�a Olaz�bal first made the scene has a surname been mangled the way Glen Hnatiuk's was last week. Note to ABC announcers: It's NATCH-ik.
? John Daly took his road show to the Great White North on June 25, competing in the Canadian Skins Games at the Mark O'Meara-designed Grandview Golf Club in Huntsville, Ont. Sergio Garcia was the big winner, with eight skins worth $121,855, but Daly (who took home five skins and $55,987) was the undisputed press conference MVP, charming the Canuck scribes with his down-home bons mots. Asked if he was happy to be playing in Canada, Daly said, "I love to go anywhere they don't charge us a greens fee."
?Former Arizona standout Jenna Daniels sported a Georgia Bulldogs logo on her bag at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, paying a debt of sorts. The 2000 NCAA champion's caddie was her former Arizona coach, Todd McCorkle, who now oversees the Georgia women's golf team. "It's called recruiting," McCorkle says of Daniels's bag logo. "I'm working for free, so I figured the least she could do is give me some free advertising."
MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES
The darnedest things turn up in Tour locker rooms. We smuggled out a guide to the players' booty
The rich just keep getting richer on the PGA Tour, and this image-conscious organization seems a little sheepish about it. On the first page of the Tour's pocket-sized booklet outlining the fabulous rewards that come from its corporate partnerships is this disclaimer: "The information in this guide is for the benefit of players and is strictly confidential. We request that you not share the details of these benefits with anyone who is not a Tour staff member or player." Right. Here's a list of the goodies.
1. AT&T Wireless
A free 1,000-minute-per-month digital wireless service package that features no roaming long-distance charges. A complimentary Nokia phone is included.