You don't hear boos on a golf course very often, but they rained down on Chris DiMarco last Saturday during the Tour Championship. DiMarco, an over-the-top Florida fan, was wearing an orange-and-blue-striped shirt, and as he left the 18th green at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, he did the Gator chop, a show of support for his team, which was to play unbeaten Georgia that evening. The crowd, full of Bulldogs fans, booed and barked in return. Said DiMarco on Sunday, still strutting after Florida's 20-13 victory, "It's good fun, but I put myself in a precarious situation last night. If we hadn't won...."
?The buzz among the players and caddies at East Lake was that Sergio Garcia and Martina Hingis are splitsville.
?"At a news conference otherwise devoid of news, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said on Wednesday at the Tour Championship that next year's schedule will have 48 "fully sponsored" events, down one from this year. Here's how the math works: The Air Canada Championship, Michelob Championship and Buick Challenge are history, while Charlotte is getting a new event, and the much-discussed Tiger Woods event on Labor Day weekend in Boston is close to a done deal too. That means the Greater Hartford Open and Reno-Tahoe Open, both presently un-sponsored and on life support, will most likely survive, at least for one more year.
?The ubiquitous Finchem also popped down to Madison, Miss., site of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, for a photo op. On Thursday he was chatting on the putting green with Tom Pernice Jr., a member of the Tour policy board, when rascally Garrett Willis was heard by a handful of players yelling across the green, "There you go, sucking up to the commissioner again."
?That same day Mike Sposa lost his cool—and his nine-iron—on the par-4 17th hole at Annandale Golf Club. Three under at the time, he dumped his second shot into a pond fronting the green, took a drop, then played a nine-iron shot over the green, where it hit a sprinkler head and bounced into a clump of bushes. A torqued Sposa tried to tomahawk the unfaithful club into the ground, but it instead skittered end over end into the lake. He played the final two rounds with a nine-iron borrowed from his caddie, Chad Ginn, a former mini-tour player and the son of PGA Tour tournament director Arvin Ginn.