On the charter flight from the Pennsylvania Classic to the American Express Championship in Kilkenny, Ireland, a blackjack game broke out featuring, among others, Mark Calcavecchia, Chris Riley and caddie Mike (Fluff) Cowan. "I didn't play, I was the pit boss," says Scott McCarron. "I got them their chips, girls and comp dinners." The big winner? Fluff, of course.
?The Mount Juliet Estate, site of the AmEx, has a riotously entertaining 18-hole putting course hard by the clubhouse, and it was a popular hangout for caddies, reporters and more than a few players. Many of the holes were cut on ridges that sloped severely toward water hazards, making the putting course a stern test at a par of 53. The best round of the week was believed to be a 54 by Brad Faxon, who was cajoled into testing his chops by a British reporter.
? Jerry Kelly received a warm welcome during his first visit to his ancestral homeland. "I'm from a Kelly clan in County Cork," he said on Saturday while scribbling autographs with a green pen.
? Karrie Webb of Australia attended the Solheim Cup as a spectator, spending most of the match following her friend Kelly Robbins inside the ropes with a purloined media armband.
? U.S. team members at the Solheim received so many goodies upon arrival—including a video camera and a diamond-ruby-sapphire necklace—that Kelli Kuehne said, "It's like Christmas in your room." She added that when her teammate Emilee Klein spied all the loot, "her mouth dropped open and she started bawling."
?During the first round of the Tampa Bay Classic the heat index reached 105�, and by day's end six caddies required intravenous fluids. Terry Travis, Brandel Chamblee's looper, was helped off the course after he vomited on the 15th hole. "I heard him right after I hit my chip," says Chamblee, "and I said to myself, Man, that chip was bad, but not that bad. But I quickly realized it wasn't a funny situation." Chamblee plucked from the gallery a gent who identified himself as "Jim Cusack from an hour south of here." On their first green together Chamblee was handed his driving iron instead of his putter by his novice bagman.
?During the second round at Tampa Bay, John Daly, playing the par-514th hole, drilled his second shot 50 yards to the right of the green, leaving a nasty dent on the trunk of a Buick Park Avenue Ultra that was being displayed atop a raised platform behind the 15th tee. After making double bogey on 14, Daly, citing illness, abruptly bid adieu to his playing partners, Robert Damron and Billy Mayfair, and disappeared into his motor coach, which happened to be parked nearby.