From the Be Careful What You Wish For Dept.: Augusta National members tell SI that among the new additions to the club are Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who had been campaigning for membership for years. No doubt Gates's progressive, latte-sipping Seattle social circle will be thrilled that he has joined the world's most notorious boys-only club. South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz was also extended membership privileges. "Go 'Cocks!" as they say around the National.
? Justin Leonard didn't prevail at Bethpage, but he did enjoy another New York-area U.S. Open—this one at Flushing Meadow. Leonard and his wife, Amanda, caught a couple of matches during a Manhattan holiday on their way to the Canadian Open.
? Catrin Nilsmark, the tart-tongued captain of the 2005 European Solheim Cup team, last week supplied some juicy bulletin-board material for this year's U.S. squad. Nilsmark offered scouting reports on the Yanks for the Swedish website www.golf.se. Nilsmark on Cristie Kerr: "The one I least of all would want to lose against. A little brat—"On Kelli Kuehne: "A real Texas girl, the loudest of them all. But I wouldn't be very nervous if I met her in match play" Even captain Nilsmark's praise was damning. Of Michele Redman, she said, "I have to admire Michele—she has absolutely no talent, but still keeps up with the best in the world."
?Canuck Mike Weir failed to win his national championship again, finishing 22nd at the Canadian Open, but Weir still has reasons to celebrate. Ground was recently broken on the Greens of Las Vegas, a complex of six indoor 18-hole putting courses that Weir and his onetime BYU teammate, Eddie Heinen, helped conceive and finance. Located two blocks east of the Strip on Tropicana Avenue, Greens of Las Vegas features replicas of—or, as the project's lawyers say, greens "inspired by"—specific holes at Augusta National, TPC at Sawgrass and a number of British Open venues. The facility is across the street from McCarron International, and, says Heinen, the reigning California Amateur champ, "I know plenty of big-time gamblers who'll come over here to kill time. They'll be hitting putts for $10,000 just waiting for their planes to leave."